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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 18 February 2016

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Generally Covering the Plant World



Updated

August 7, 2017. 

 

 

The Brethren

 

August 7

Drought-affected trees die from hydraulic failure and carbon starvation,
UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY, August 7, 2017.


Afforestation with non-native trees alters island soils,
UNIVERSITY OF GUAM, August 6, 2017.

 

 

 

August 1, 2017

 

Dead Forests

Report: 80 percent of Tuolumne County homes at high or extreme wildfire risk,
Union Democrat, July 31, 2017.

High Sierra Tree Mortality

 

 

July 26

Losing Trees

People and wildlife now threatened by rapid destruction of central America's forests,
WILDLIFE CONSERVATION SOCIETY, July 25, 2017.

 

Last protected virgin forests declined, “23 percent in the past 15 years.”

 

 

 

 July 20:
Detwiler Fire, extreme fire conditions building.
See news.

 

July 19

Whole Forest Preservation

Conserve intact forest landscapes to maximize biodiversity, reduce extinction risk,
OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY, July 19, 2017.

 

Hilarious. Corporate academic elite discuss how to preserve what the most fundamental working of their own social-economic system destroys, without realizing the contradiction voids all their considerations. Simply stated, the "machete" of global development must be removed from the hand of man, not guided to less destructive cuts.

The salient fact is that global development has upended the whole planet's progression and character of weather and therefore, fertility. Choosing which dies last has little effect. I guess they mean well, despite their irrelevance.

To be either relevant and effective, these scientists must realise that their target for forest preservation must be the Corporate Growth Machine of Death. That is the driver of forest exploitation around the world, along with the governments they bribe for access to these resources.

Deciding where to spend their corporate grant money (bribes?) as their corporations strip the planet seems quite delusive.

 

 

July 10

 

Study: Sierra meadows being overtaken by forest,
Lake Tahoe News, July 10, 2017.

 

CALIFORNIA BURNING 
again

National Guard choppers, air tankers to be deployed to help in state firefight,
Sac Bee, July 10, 2017.

Drought to Flood, and I'll bet we're well on our way to creating yet another cycle of drought and flooding...

 

 

Ya Think? We Already Know This:

Focus: Are wildfires worsening due to development, climate change and controversial forest management?
San Diego Union Tribune, July 7, 2017.

We have grown far beyond our our country’s first-world carrying capacity. Our state and country are dropping further and further into social, ecological, and economic squalor as our irresponsible growth continues in a declining ecology.

Fire is the favorite handmaiden of change that this type of irresponsible growth ushers in, once the floods clear. Our bad, our greedy behavior has ushered in an era of rolling climate extremes, rolling from drought to flood to heat wave, and back through the cycle again, and faster each time through.

Fire and Smoke Awarness are fully required for Summer backpacking in our Brave New World.

CalFire

Inciweb Fed


Smoke

 

 

 

June 26

Bark beetle infestation continues to threaten Tahoe-Truckee forests,
Sierra Sun, June 24, 2017.

 

 

 


June 12

Corporate Growth Machine of Death

Killing the Trees


AN UPHILL BATTLE

Dr. Frank Davis spoke for the trees at Tuesday’s SNARL lecture, presenting climate change from a plant’s eye view,
The Sheet, Page 6, June 10, 2017.

Fasten your seatbelts. Our window of opportunity to restrain our greed and limit damages is closing rapidly. This shit is just getting going, kids.

 

June 5

Tree Brains

Scientists discover plant 'brain' controlling seed development,
UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM, June 5, 2017.

 

 

May 30

Trees & Water

How Unhealthy Forests Affect Water Supply,
PPCI, May 30, 2017.

Our best “management practice” will be the immediate stoppage of population growth, with the goal of shrinking back under a number we can sustain our environment under a middle-class democracy.

Cleaning up "our" mess requires the return of our jobs to clean manufacturing here, rather than in the filth of China. And a return to American Wage Levels, rather than those of the third-world we are now experiencing.

Our best “management practice” for forests is the same one required for the bees, and for every other part of the Web of Life on this Planet: Humans Must Control Themselves, and their Base Desires, controlling our desires to cheat each other and Mother Nature.

What do you think the odds are of that happening? Tell it to the bees and the trees...

 

Bees are Screwed

 

 

May 30

Trees to Sky!

The Ties that Bind

Hotspots show that vegetation alters climate by up to 30 percent,
COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND APPLIED SCIENCE, May 29, 2017.

 

 

May 25

Changing climate could have devastating impact on forest carbon storage,
UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO, May 25, 2017.

 

Governor’s Revised Budget Slashes Millions From Tree Mortality Funding,
Sierra News Online, May 23, 2017.

See Next Article Below

 

 

May 22 

What Comes Next After Tree Mortality?
Ledger-Dispatch, May 22, 2017.

Let me set the stage: 102 million trees killed by global warming in California. That's on top of the long-term damage that the blights, beetles, and bugs steady warming have brought into the Sierra Nevada Forests over the last fifty years of constant changes in Western US seasonal lengths and transitions.
Summer has grown, Winter has shrunk under this warming, all leading up to the cumulative Massive Tree Kill-Off we just experienced over the last seven years of, "radical," drought.

This was not so radical a change if we look at this drought in the context of the steady trend of changing and drying weather patterns over the last fifty years. 

Make no mistake about it. This last seven years of drought on top of this long drying process has whipped nature into a bloody mess. Humans are never far behind, when that happens.

What comes next after drought-driven tree mortality and huge fires, followed by epic rain and snow?

A huge freeking mess, that's what. Trees crashing down on everything everywhere. The soils beneth destabilized. The combination driving unstable trails, terrain, and mountainsides during thaw and rains-snow periods.  Blocked streams when they wash down-mountain, and a vast fire hazard when this mess dries out.

Then we have the general human hazards. Roads, bridges, trails, and much solid public infrastructure will be wiped out. Then we have specific hazards, like those to homes and private property, of which the article above is most concerned.

And all of man and Nature will suffer if we experience a precipitious thaw, a rapid melt-down and rise of rivers. That happens if tropical rains or a heat wave hit our hot, wet, and still quite massive snowpack. 

 

More Tree Mortality

 

A Global Problem 

Colorado

California: 102 million dead trees

J-Tree

Big Fire Danger

Heat-Bugs-Drought-Death

Drought Killing Trees

Drought Killing Trees

 

Also See
The Observed Necessity for a New Environmentalism

 

 

May 20

Lake Tahoe gears up for epic wildflower season
Tahoe Daily Tribune, May 19, 2017. 

 

 

May 18 

Our Future Leaders

California fraternity faces charges after trees cut down,
AP, May 17, 2017.

Like our forests do not have enough problems with our current leaders.

 

 

May 17

Big winter will bring late fire season,
Record Courier, May 17, 2017.

 

 

Plants call 911 to help their neighbors,
UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE, May 16, 2017.

Other Mutual Aid across Plant World

Fungi

Carbon Trading

"As if they were sentient beings… "

 

 

May 9

Study refutes findings behind challenge to Sierra Nevada forest restoration,
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA - BERKELEY, May 8, 2017.

 

 

Another Batch of "Climate Refugees:" Our Natural World

Microscopic soil creatures could orchestrate massive tree migrations,
UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE AT KNOXVILLE, May 8, 2017.

 

 

March 28, 2017

High Sierra Research
Researchers discover dust plays prominent role in nutrients of mountain forest ecoystems, UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING, March 28, 2017.

 

Forests fight global warming in ways more important than previously understood,
OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY, March 28, 2017.

 

 

Nambian Fairy Circles
IUPUI researcher weighs in on fairy circles of Namibia,
INDIANA UNIVERSITY, March 28, 2017.

Also See
Sierra grass lines

 

 

March 3, 2017
The Interesting History of Man and Trees

Tree scars record 700 years of natural and cultural fire history in a northern forest,
ECOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA, March 1, 2017.

 

 

February 25, 2017.

Forests worldwide threatened by drought,
UNIVERSITY OF STIRLING, February 22, 2017.

 

Low snowpacks of 2014, 2015 may become increasingly common with warmer conditions,
OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY, February 22, 2017.

 

COLORADO'S 834 MILLION DEAD TREES THREATEN TO WORSEN FIRES,
AP, February 15, 2017.

 

 

January 29, 2017.

Study: How climate change threatens mountaintops (and clean water), UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT, January 26, 2017.

 

How much drought can a forest take?
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA – DAVIS. January 19, 2017.

 

High-severity wildfires complicate natural regeneration for California conifers,
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA – DAVIS, December 21, 2016.

 

 

December 25, 2016

Stupid Human Tricks

High-severity wildfires complicate natural regeneration for California conifers,
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA – DAVIS, December 21, 2016.

Also see: Fire Effects

Refs to previous news bits, and link directly to my 2016 trail culture report
I have been anticipating this research, as it reflects reality…

 

 

Considering California's Tree Policies, Amid Mass Die-Off
Capital Public Radio, November 30, 2016 

 

 

California has 102 million dead trees — and no easy answers for what to do with them, LAT, November 27, 2016.

 

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Study: Warming could slow upslope migration of trees
DOE/LAWRENCE BERKELEY NATIONAL LABORATORY,  December 15, 2016. 

 

Loss of soil carbon due to climate change will be 'huge,'
Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW), November 30, 2016. 

 

 Can Joshua trees survive global warming? Scientists have differing thoughts
LADN, November 29, 2016.

 

Record of fires spanning 415 years,
Human actions influence fire regimes in the Sierra Nevada, 
PENN STATE, November 14, 2016.

 

 

November 1, 2016.

Warmth under climate change has cascading effect, destabilizing forest ant communities, Case Western Reserve University, October 26, 2016.

 

Wildfire management vs. fire suppression benefits forest and watershed,
University of California - Berkeley, October 24, 2016.

 

Climate change has doubled western US forest fires, says study,
 The Earth Institute at Columbia University, October 10, 2016.

 

'Goldilocks fires' can enhance biodiversity in Western forests,
University of Connecticut, October 4, 2016.

 

 

May 2016

Severe wildfire season is the new normal, officials say,
 USAToday, May 17, 2016.

 

 

Drought, dead trees add up to big fire danger for California,
SFChron, May 17, 2016.


UM study: Wildfires to increase in Alaska with future climate change,
The University of Montana, May 10, 2016.


It's not just Alberta: Warming-fueled fires are increasing,
AP, May 10, 2016.

 

 

May 4, 2016.

 

Tree deaths rise steeply in Sierra; drought and insects to blame,
Sac Bee, May 3, 2016.




California, Tahoe-area tree deaths climb to record levels thanks to bugs, drought,
April 30, 2016.



Californian sudden oak death epidemic 'unstoppable,' new epidemics must be managed earlier,
UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE,May 2, 2016.




62,000 Dead Trees Cleared Before Fire Season,
CPR, May 2, 2016.




Underground fungi detected from space,
SMITHSONIAN TROPICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE, May 2, 2016.

 

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Updated
April 19, 2016.

  The Brethren

Which trees face death in drought?
University of Utah, April 18, 2016.



Forest discovery: Trees trade carbon among each other,
University of Basel, 4-14-16.

 

 

Vast Regional Transitions:
Drought’s Alarming Toll on California Forests,
Water Deeply, 2-16-16.
 

See endless tree death predictions and progressing observations as vast changes in weather patterns accelerate.

 

 

Enhanced levels of carbon dioxide are likely cause of global dryland greening, study says, Indiana University, 2-16-16.

 

 

Theory of 'smart' plants may explain the evolution of global ecosystems,
December 02, 2015, Princeton University.

“…as if they are sentient beings…"

 

Wildfires may double erosion across a quarter of western US watersheds by 2050,
November 3, 2015, Geological Society of America.

 

USFS: Forests Might Not Recover From Butte Fire,
Oct 16, 2015, Capital Public Radio. (As I stated in the Backpacker Alert of Sept 13!)

 

Protected and intact forests lost at an alarming rate around the world,
October 15, Aalto University.

 

Rising seas will drown mangrove forests,
October 14, University of Queensland.



Future coastal climate not cool for redwood forests,
October 16, 2015, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig.

 

As Fires Grow, a New Landscape Appears in the West,
NYT, September 21, 2015. (I just stated this on Sept. 13, again.)

 

Scientists: Let wildfires burn when prudent,
University of Washington, September 17, 2015.

 

There Aren’t Enough Firefighters to Stop America’s West From Burning, Bloomberg, August 26, 2015.

 

Increased carbon dioxide levels in air restrict plants' ability to absorb nutrients,
University of Gothenburg, June 12, 2015.



Warmer Winter Nights Mean Small Cherry Crop,
KQED, June 12, 2015.



Study: changing climate prompts boreal forest shift,
University of Alaska Fairbanks, June 11, 2015.
 

 

Plants may run out of time to grow under ongoing climate change,
PLOS, June 10, 2015.

 

Drought-induced tree mortality accelerating in forests,
DOE/Los Alamos National Laboratory, May 19, 2015.

 

 

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