An anonymous comment on the last post shared a link to the state of Vermont's Forest Biology Lab report on the impaired health of their trees, which was blamed of course, on weather, insects, and fungal disease (anything other than human pollution) - to which I replied:
"That is pure, unadulterated, typical professional forestry nonsense!!"
"Because even the EPA is aware, as quoted in a draft report to them from the Integrated Nitrogen Committee: 'Impacts of reactive nitrogen on Terrestrial Ecosystems include...Ozone-induced predisposition of forest trees to damage by fungal diseases and insect pests'.Translated, that means that atmospheric toxins from fuel emissions are the underlying cause of tree 'decline,' itself a forestry euphemism for 'gradual but inevitable, irreversible death'."
"In excess, the hydrogen ions that cause acidity also leach important nutrients, such as calcium and potassium, from the plants and soil. This can cause nutrient deficiencies that stunt forest growth. Birds may also suffer. In some areas, calcium loss is so severe that birds have a difficult time ingesting enough of this important mineral in their diet. As a result, they are unable to form eggshells during the spring nesting period."