Monday, August 1, 2011


I have taken many photographs of dying and dead trees and posted them here at Wit's End, as well as pictures of damaged leaves.  From what I have read, it is apparent that toxic tropospheric ozone is a global issue, affecting vegetation all over the world, whether in forests, or agricultural crops.  Today's  example comes from Pulau.  Of course, since almost nobody knows how toxic ozone is to plants - and because it's invisible, it's easy to ignore - the shriveled roots and brown leaves of the staple food on the islands, taro, are blamed on rising seas.  The trees in the screen shot above, however, are far above sea level and they are severely damaged too.  I often wonder if people will ever wake up.  (If anybody forgot that ozone causes roots to shrink, here's the reminder.)

And thank you to my friends at The Coming Crisis for posting this report...
Oh, and here is an undated photo of a taro plantation in Hawaii, which is grown in flooded fields like rice paddies - in case the video made it look like that is unusual:

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