For instance, take this news article from January 20, the headline of which reads:
"Boat Harbour residents baffled by arrival of dead seals, fish...I've never seen anything like it"
Boat Harbour — As many as 20 dead harp seals have washed ashore in Boat Harbour over the past couple of weeks, leaving perplexed locals scratching their heads as to the reasons why.
Wallace Woodward, who has lived in the small community northwest of St.for most of his 52 years, says no one can remember such a thing happening before.
Last week, the carcasses of several seals lolled about in the breakwater; some had been pushed ashore by strong waves and others were buried under three feet of seaweed.
And it’s not just harp seals that have been swept into the harbour — hundreds of dead catfish have washed onto land, becoming entangled with the seaweed strewn along the shore.
A myriad of other marine life, like sea slugs, sea urchins and starfish have also perished in the past three weeks.
“I’ve never seen anything, b’y, in all my years,” Woodward said Thursday, “It’s just unbelievable.”
The former fisherman said the catfish appeared to be malnourished and skinny, they may have been struggling to find food.Here is a list of the latest stories I've noticed, if you're feeling morbid, the causes for which range from weather to poisoning to cocaine trafficking - but are mostly unknown. Following is the latest dying tree information, which is the basis for my expectation that animals do not have enough to eat, leaving them vulnerable to weather and predators.
Mass bird deaths in China. Ten thousand dying cattle in Vietnam. Buffalo die on New York farm. Octopuses dying in Portugal.
Pilot whales in New Zealand, starlings in Turkey, Pelicans in Florida...
I'm quite sure this has nothing to do with ozone, but it's worth noting nonetheless, that the floodwater from Australia has killed untold numbers of animals; and a review in the New York Times, even without considering ozone pollution, concludes that climate change will certainly cause mass extinctions. Then there is this alarming report that a bird flu pandemic has begun in the northern Canada.
None of this is exactly within the purpose of the Wit's End blog, which is devoted to resolving the question of why trees - and other forms of vegetation - are dying off at a terrifyingly rapid clip. The deaths of creatures that rely on plants for food are merely indicative of the shrinking of the biomass. So, how are our dearly beloved, lately lamented trees doing right now? Just a few pictures tell the entirety.
I next saw a post over at DesdemonaDespair about the reduction in the expected yield of rice in the Philippines, which is being blamed on the weather. No doubt, since record-breaking storms must be a large factor, although there are credible government agencies that attribute rice yields losses to ozone. At any rate, the fact that it mentioned as an aside that the coconut exports, a major source of income for the Philippines, was also diminished, made me realize that I haven't been paying any attention to coconut trees.
Hey, I live in New Jersey, and we don't have them! Somehow I've collected all sorts of links (up in the Basic Premise page!) about maples and oaks and hemlocks and apples and butternuts and pecans and aspen and sycamore and ash and even citrus trees dying, dying, dying...but nothing about coconuts.
|Notice how the bark burst off from the inner wood. There is no cohesion. Also too, there is quite a bit of parasitic lichen and moss.|
So I googled it and guess what (surprise, surprise) - they are in terrible trouble as well - and have been for some time. Naturally everyone blames their demise on insects, disease, or both. But we know better.
Here, for the record, are links to reports of dying coconut trees, from disparate places around the world:
A thread of concerned residents of Belize as to dying coconut palms.
Hawaii is nervous about deaths of coconut palms, and fears the importation of pests and disease which have been killing palms in Florida and the Caribbean.
A bulletin from the International Society for Infectious Diseases warning about the threats to coconut palms in India which states:
"The considerable drop of about 40-50 per cent of coconut yield this year  in Bicholim [subdistrict] have become a matter of deep concern to agriculturists and coconut growers."NOTE: In India, they blame insects, in Belize, Florida and the Caribbean, it's disease and insects, Hawaii blames all, while in the Philippines, it's storms. Why don't more experts notice, THERE IS A GLOBAL PATTERN!
Here is yet another account - a creepy solicitation for funds for the purpose of mowing down 600,000 dying coconut palms in Mozambique, as an investment in a biomass business venture...which doesn't even bother to raise the question of why there are massive numbers of trees dying. They just want to make a profit from them!
|In case it's not obvious, the bark is corroded. This tree and many others will not be leafing out in the spring.|
I had wished to post a video from Badlands - the last scene where Sissy and Martin dance in the dusk and sure knowledge of their impending doom, lit by headlights, to Nat King Cole's immortal version of One Blossom Fell - but couldn't find one. So here instead is a composite, sorry - a clip from the movie, followed by a fantastic audio version of the song.