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Global Warming Spruce Beetles are Fat, Happy, Sexed-Up Spruce Beetles

Global Warming Spruce Beetles are Fat, Happy, Sexed-Up Spruce Beetles


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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 20 June 2019

 

ECO-CRASHING NEWS: GOING BUGGY

Hey, Hi,... I'm Your New Neighbor...
The Head of a Spruce Beetle (Dendroctonus rufipennis)
The Head of a Spruce Beetle (Dendroctonus rufipennis), Joseph Benzel, Colorado State University.
Joseph Benzel, Colorado State University.

 

Warm Spruce Beetles are Fat, Happy, Sexed-Up Spruce Beetles

New Research Shows Importance of Climate on Spruce Beetle Flight,
Colorado State University, June 19, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

Current Situation
"...the current spruce beetle epidemic affecting Colorado Engelmann spruce forests has been one of the largest on record. The Colorado State Forest Service estimates that since 1996, over 40 percent of the state's high-elevation forests, encompassing an area larger than Delaware and Rhode Island combined, have already been affected by this latest cycle."

The Future
"...slightly warmer conditions could contribute to longer flight periods and more eruptive beetle populations, due to larger populations of fertile females. This combination could equate to more intense insect pressure on spruce forests."

No Best-Case…
"Even if the climate increases by just one degree Celsius, we can expect spruce beetles to reproduce at higher rates than we've seen, with more time to invade trees."

Building Better Beetles with Human Technology
"It became apparent that beetles in 2018 were larger in size, after a warmer and drier winter than in the previous year, and that females were also more numerous..."
"Temperature plays a critical role in this species' lifecycle by affecting the insect's development, dispersal and flight patterns."

Super-Best Case Scenario
"...this could extend the beetle's potential flight period from a few weeks to multiple months."

Completely Laughable
"This projection is based on the assumption that new global greenhouse gas production would be eliminated by 2020."

Our Future
"...up to 30 percent of beetle-infested, high-elevation forests have survived..." under the increased temperatures we've generated so far. Let's see how the forests survive the combined increasing heat, drought, and beetle stresses they will be subjected to over the next fifty years.

See 'Em Now
See the high elevation Spruce Forests now, if you want to see our natural climate, ecosystems, and terrain in anything resembling their ancient, traditional configurations, before they're done dramatically changing, as they are doing now, and are gone forever.

 

The Bottom Line
The Human Reality We Live In

The Source of the Destruction
Growing our domestic population as large as possible, even beyond our social, educational, institutional, and natural carrying capacities.

Then, send all our well-paid middle-class manufacturing to tyrannical regimes where quasi-slave labor sweats in factories with no safety (suicide nets!) or pollution control.

The Result
Yeah, that's what we should do... Oh, wait. That's what we did to trigger these human and natural crisis in our Spruce and Evergreen Forests...

The Corporate Response
MORE
Well then, let's just do it some more. Our problem is that we apparently have not yet grown our populations, nor their attendant pollution, destruction, water shortages, eco-destruction, & all the attendant problems this irresponsible growth has already created large enough, so let's double-down... We've got to to continue for the beetles...and especially the baby beetles...

 

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Feb 2019
2019 Tree Mortality Report: Forest Succession Underway, Continuing Through 2018

July 2018
Beetles Devastate Western Pines, Heat, Droughts, Beetles, & Fires All Continue Rising

June 2018
Climate Change News: Study confirms beetles exploit warm winters to expand range

June 2018
ECO-CRASH NEWS: Tree Mortality, High Sierra Carnage

August 2017
Southern Pine Beetle moving North

 

 

 

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