Oldest Trees Are Growing Faster, Storing More Carbon as They Age
- An international research group reports that 97 percent of 403 tropical and temperate species grow more quickly the older they get.
Rapid growth in giant trees is the global norm and can exceed 600 kg (1,300 pounds) per year in the largest individuals.
In human terms, it is as if our growth just keeps accelerating after adolescence, instead of slowing down," said Stephenson. "By that measure, humans could weigh half a ton by middle age, and well over a ton at retirement