Monday, November 24, 2008

Beetles continue to decimate Western forests, still no way to stop them

Forests in the west are under siege by "bark" or "pine" beetles. The "huge infestation" is charged by "exponential growth" and wiping out millions of acres of trees, reports the NY Times.

In Wyoming and Colorado alone, a million acres were wiped out in 2006. In 2007, it was 1.5 million. This year, more than two million. British Columbia has lost 33 million acres so far.

And we still haven't figured out a way to stop this.

The beetles are taking advantage of drought that's weakening forests (thank you global warming), weaker winters that aren't killing off the beetles (thanks again, global warming) and forest mismanagement which leaves tons of old, weak trees for beetls to prey on (thank you governments).

Check out
this Nightly News video that demonstrates the extent of the problem.

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