study that said all species they tested in a mixed hardwood plot - and all others around the world for that matter - are now diseased and afflicted by a fungus rotting their interiors to the point where they are releasing methane in flammable concentrations...the implications of which I recently discussed here? Well, the trees that fell exposing their interior wood are visible dying proof of that. Following are the photographs of the trees I passed, with closeups of their interiors, their fungus-infested and lichen-covered bark, and their damaged leaves and needles - with a comment I sent to a couple of newspapers which will, no doubt, never see the light of day:
The size of the storm, which, with sea-level rise, created the massive flood surge are obvious signs of climate change.
Let’s hope the people who suffered losses from those things start calling out the deniers that have prevented political action and cultural change that could have averted or at least postponed the tragedy that this storm has become for so many.
On the other hand, one of the worst effects of Sandy for those not on the coast – lost power – is mainly due to falling trees, as are most deaths. And those are NOT from climate change.
Rarely do people even ask the question – why are so many trees of all species falling onto power lines in the first place, at a frequency that isn’t explained by wind speed?
The wind just wasn’t strong enough in either Irene last year, or Sandy this year to account for so many falling trees and branches.
This map of highest recorded wind gusts shows that the area depicted in these photos - around route 78 just west of 287 in central New Jersey - received top gusts of between 50 - 60 mph.
Very few people realize that trees are dying off at a rapidly accelerating rate from air pollution.
Although peak levels of air pollution have been reduced, especially for SO2, nitrous oxides have continued to increase, and consequently the constant background level of tropospheric ozone has been inexorably rising.
Over the past few years it has surpassed a threshold that is tolerable to plants.
Ozone is the real reason that so many trees and branches are falling, and why so many people (including me!) are without power.
This is an extremely unpopular idea, because it is very threatening to a life style dependent on burning fuel for energy.
It seems people have short memories but the trees never used to come down in huge numbers – let alone fall on people, houses and cars with such regularity – which simply cannot be explained by an expanded population.
I wrote a book which can be downloaded for free. Other books have been written about this problem but they are generally ignored - one of the best is An Appalachian Tragedy. It’s a little out of date and focussed on forests from Georgia to Maine, and this is now a global issue, but it explains the phenomena very well.
Climate change isn’t the reason that trees are dying (YET). But dying trees are going to massively accelerate climate change as they become CO2 emitters instead of absorbers, which has already started.
The UK's forests are under "unprecedented threat" from foreign pests and diseases, according to the government department responsible for the protection of the country's forests and woodlands.
plant disease called spreading.
Known as "sudden oak death" in the US, it so far has not infected British oaks, but since its discovery in the wild in 2009 it has been found extensively in larch populations in the south-west, in Wales and in south-west Scotland, resulting in a large number of the trees being felled over a wide area.
When they are down you can see how many needles are brown - a classic indication of ozone.
Once upon a tim, pine trees were so thick you couldn't see through them.
Those are just the small branches lying on the ground - the enormous stump is behind them.
There is rot evident in the logs on the ground.
I've seen none - no tossed garbage cans, or flower pots, or patio furniture.
this post from last January.
Just before the drive a neighbor had expressed her feelings with orange spray paint.
She had warned me many of their trees came down but it was shocking to witness anyway.
Even though he's a died-in-the-wool Republican who makes his living operating enormous machinery requiring prodigious amounts of fuel, he admitted that the tree he had been cutting up was dead.
This big old maple will be sorely missed.