Monday, January 26, 2009

Mortality rate doubles in the west… among trees

Trees in the western United States are dying off at twice the rate they did thirty years ago according to a US Geological Survey study (New Scientist). No, this has nothing to do with logging. The study tracked "plots without any direct human management."

The culprit, of course, is global warming, which increases evaporation (bad for trees) and helps bad fungi and bugs thrive. One of those nasties, pine beetles,
we've been tracking here at Pound360. And they're pretty much out of control. This underscores how raising global temperatures are pretty much the easy part of global warming.

(photo by
quiet.fyre via Flickr)

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I started pound360 to channel my obsession with vitamins, running and the five senses. Eventually, I got bored focusing on all that stuff, so I came back from a one month hiatus in May of 2007 (one year after launching Pound360) and broadened my mumblings here to include all science.