While we have all been talking about the election and death of bees and Zika and microcephaly, something else just as alarming has been happening. And no, I’m not talking about the ongoing radioactive leak at Fukushima or the apocalyptic fires burning throughout Indonesia (did you know about THAT?)- I’m talking about trees. Millions, hundreds of millions even, of trees are dying in North America and around the world, from a host of reasons. Should we ignore this fact it will completely and permanently alter the environment and our world.
From the article:
“Tree are among the most abundant and the most critical organisms on planet earth, and only recently have we been able to assess just how many trees inhabit planet earth. A study published in 2015 gave us this picture:
“A new study published in Nature estimates the planet has 3.04 trillion trees. The research says 15.3 billion trees are chopped down every year. It also estimates that 46% of the world’s trees have been cleared over the past 12,000 years.”
Especially precarious is the situation in California, where millions of dead trees only exacerbate the forest fire issue. Since the U.S. Forest Service last surveyed in May of 2016, an additional 36 million dead trees- across California- we found. This makes the total number of dead trees since 2010 to over 102 million on 7.7 million acres of California’s drought stricken forests.
More than just the Golden State
Although many of the tree deaths in Northern California have been linked to Sudden Oak Death, as well as their ongoing drought, Hawaii has had problems as well. In 2010 the ohi’a trees began to die on the Big Island due to what would later be called “ohi’a disease,” something with an unknown origin and something scientists don’t understand how to treat.
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More from the article:
“In California and in other parts of the world, many are making the connection between climate engineering these tree die-offs. Also known as geoengineering, this is the modification of the earth’s atmosphere with the supplementation of compounds and chemicals, ostensibly as a means of favorably influencing the climate.”
As entire mountainsides die off both wildlife and people have an uncertain future. As massive amounts of our forest die, so goes the planet; trees, the most rugged of all plants on earth, “are in general weakened from an environment under complex attack by pollution and even climate engineering projects.”
We can’t live without trees and lots of them. The complex manner in which all of life is intertwined cannot have serious damage in one area without the effects being felt elsewhere. When are we going to start loving this earth enough to protect it? I fear right before it’s too late.
Source: The Mind Unleashed