Announcing the creation of The Panic Room - a facebook group for Ozonists, Ozonistas, Cassandras, Malthusians, and other doomers of all sorts...all are welcome! I was tired of being accused of being too dismal, even at sites that purport to be doomy, so TPR (it's a joke! I got over the panic part years ago!) is for those who know or even suspect that there is no hope humanity is going to wake up no matter how obvious it is to the few that we are despoiling the earth.
And now...it's time for another comparison that depicts the mind-boggling deterioration of autumn leaves. November 11, 2010...a sunny day with a brilliant, cerulean sky...I took a few pictures of the trees that stand along the fence at the United Equestrian Team Headquarters (most of which is no longer trails and courses, but an expensive private golf club) in Gladstone, New Jersey. Already by then, many branches were broken.
It concerned me then that the color wasn't quite as saturated as it should be, and many of the leaves had brown edges (marginal leaf burn in Ozonista talk).
By now the damage is far worse and widespread.
before they turn yellow.
I walked from that grove towards the driveway.
Every tree had the same injured leaves.
WindSpiritKeeper sent this photo of a composition from Oregon, and wrote in response to my last post:
I see from your Saturday, November 9, 2013 All Lies and Jest that: "Éva, who is recording the smog and miserable trees in Budapest, Hungary (she describes the leaves there with the extraordinary term “mummified”)..."
Right, just as in the past, I have used the terms embalmed, or tanned to describe abnormally dead leaves etc.
You have seen, and wrote about, "bronze" or "rust" colored foliage.
Most of the dead twigs, leaves, and leaflets look rusty or bronzed or russet, or resemble burnt copper. Many look like they have been caramelized, where sugars, or carbohydrates have likely been morphed -- which is similar to the embalming or tanning chemical process where protein breakdown is suspended.
"I" am positive that this all basic organic chemistry that botanists should know about... much air pollution has reactive volatile organic compounds that contact the organic foliage, and cause further chemical reactions within the cells and tissue of the leaves -- and cause all manner of observable abnormalities.
When I returned home, on the sunny afternoon in 2010, I stopped by the barn and took this photo of a maple tree I had planted five years earlier. I was worried about it, because the leaves at the top were sparse.
The red wasn't as fiery as I would have expected, and most of the leaves had at least a few spots.
Justin Gillis just wrote an article in the New York Times, A Jolt to Complacency in the Food Supply. I am struggling to point out without acrimony that he neglected to mention ozone. Yes, extreme violent weather and more pests and weeds from climate change is going to continue to reduce crop production, disastrously. But why he fails to report that crop yields are already reduced by up to 20% from air pollution, is, uh, mysterious to me, since everyone from NASA to the USDA has issued public releases about it. And that's just annual crops like rice and wheat and soy. Now, consider that, as the EPA recognizes, ozone damage is cumulative. This means, obviously, that for plants and trees that live more than one season, the damage accumulates. That's why trees are dying - that, and increased susceptibility to attacks from insects, disease and fungus. So, the losses to perennial foods like asparagus, artichokes, and blueberries and orchard crops like peaches, apples, and nuts, is going to be far worse than for annual crops. Ultimately, if we continue burning stuff for energy, the loss will be total.