Sept-Oct Feature:

Sept-Oct Feature:

Michele Berger
Published: 10/15/2009

Photo: Christopher S. Penn, Flickr Creative Commons

It suddenly became fall (at least in New York City, anyway). A new chill in the air used to mean beautiful crimson, gold and burnt orange leaves.

But now, scientists say climate change is having an irreversible effect on fall foliage: leaves will change color later, thanks to rising carbon dioxide levels, and their colors may become richer.

In the September-October issue of Audubon, Les Line discusses the future of this awesome display—something to contemplate as you look out your window this autumn day.