Friday, February 4, 2011

U2 Joshua Tree

I am in the process of sorting through hundreds of pictures from my trip to California, a good portion of which was spent in Joshua Tree National Park. I'm quite convinced that the trees there are dying, mostly from pollution (which has been corroborated by the Park Service) and so I've been googling images to compare how the trees and cacti looked in the past, compared to today.

It's going to take a while for me to write and upload a coherent post, but I just can't wait to share this youtube. I'm not very knowledgeable of this sort of music (hey, I'm old!) and only just found it but, it seems to be rather popular, and in the context of trees dying from pollution, exactly appropos:

6 comments:

  1. I had asked you about the state of the trees in Australia and you said you didn't have as much information on the southern hemisphere. I found this video which may be more related to drought, or it may be a combination of factors. Regardless it is concerning Australia so I thought I would send it to you.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84ewljq-6cs

    I also found this interesting video, that appears to be from somewhere in Europe. It is interesting in that the author has footage from 2005 when the trees were fairly healthy, and some recent video where many are dead.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUR7rcot1GY&feature=related

    I wonder if he is right in some sense about the radiation. I have heard some suggestion that our magnetic field is weakening or even failing.
    This would cause excessive radiation to enter into our environment. Could this be causing a rapid conversion of our emissions into ozone which has caused the sudden rapid die off in the last few years? Heavy pollution in combination with radiation that is not conducive to lifeforms may cause the extremely rapid die off we are seeing in the last few years.It seems there must be more factors than strictly the pollution levels at play here.

    I know you are not a believer of "chemtrails" but consider that it could be being used as a radiation shield to mitigate these excess radiations from entering the environment. Unfortunately the composition of said "chemtrails" is quite toxic to biological life forms. So regarding using these as a form of radiation protection, it is a bit of a "damned if you do, damned if you don't scenario".

    Anyways, I just thought I would throw those ideas out there.

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  2. Fabulous post, and a lot of us are without words tonight giving what's going on in Egypt. Sad we see the real effects of climate change, and let the propagandists drowned out the conversation.
    --Louie

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  3. Anon, thank you so much for those video links - which also lead to others. More and more, people all over the world are reporting that trees are dying, trees of all species in all sorts of habitats. I get so frustrated that the experts don't recognize a pattern that is so widespread that it must be linked to some fundamental causative agent and not just individual localized pests or disease. Or maybe they do but are afraid to make the link, because the implications for the ecosystem are so dire.

    In any event, I appreciate your comment and will be looking for more such videos to include on the blog.

    Regards,
    Gail

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  4. I forgot to add, Anon...I don't know much about the radiation increasing from a weakening of the magnetic field so I don't rule it out. However, there is solid research indicating there is actually significantly LESS UV radiation reaching earth's surface because of global dimming from all the aerosols in the upper atmosphere. That said, it has occurred to me that there is a heck of a lot of other sorts of radiation in recent years from cell phones and other human inventions, and perhaps that results in more ozone.

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  5. The fruit on the oak might have been an old graft. Perhaps a former, long dead owner of the oak grafted a fruit tree branch onto the oak in hopes of having the oak nourish it, much like how orchard owners graft high producing branches onto hardy root stock.

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  6. Now, that is an explanation that never occurred to me! Really interesting. But don't they graft like to like - roses to roses, fruit to fruit??

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