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Is Climate Change Killing Christmas Trees?

Is Climate Change Killing Christmas Trees?

Santa is hot and worried this holiday season. He is hot because our weather is changing thanks to climate change. And he’s worried that unregulated carbon pollution from power plants is making our weather warmer, and causing…

Christmas tree shortages!

Our partners over at Climate Progress are reporting Christmas tree shortages:

“…tree crops in both Vermont and New Hampshire have been seriously compromised this year following an unexpected early heat wave in March and a summer of flash floods. This is the first year that localized extreme flooding has been said to cause a decrease in Christmas tree crop, and scientists have repeatedly linked increased unexpected flooding events caused by a warmer, moister climate to man-made global warming.

Oh no! Should you buy an artificial tree?

“…according to Saint Joseph’s University plant biologist Clint Springer, buying a real Christmas tree is highly preferable to buying an artificial tree in terms of contributions to climate change. “Choosing a real Christmas tree is one way that an average person can make a difference in terms of climate change,” Springer said. “A 7-foot cut tree’s impact on climate is 60 percent less than a 7-foot artificial tree used for six years. So while cut trees are not carbon-neutral, in terms of carbon-use, they are better than artificial trees.”

LEARN MORE because the more informed we are, the more effective we can be in making sure our children grow up in a clean, safe world…and Santa will stay cool.

Cartoon: Danny Shanahan


article by Ronnie Citron-Fink

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5:40AM PDT on Sep 12, 2014

thanks for sharing :)

3:12AM PDT on Mar 14, 2014

Make a xmas tree out of an indoor plant. You do not actually need to use a tree!!!

9:16AM PST on Jan 13, 2014

Well put Karoly M.

5:17PM PST on Jan 12, 2014

Thank you Mom's Clean Air Force, for Sharing this!

10:07AM PST on Jan 12, 2014

I plant a tree every december holiday - sure its just 1 tree, but at least I don't cut one down or pollute the environment with a plastic tree.

5:49PM PST on Dec 26, 2013

I can live with my artificial tree, the smaller the better.

2:58PM PST on Dec 26, 2013

Thanks for sharing

8:58PM PST on Dec 18, 2013

I've had my artificial tree for much longer than the six years mentioned in the article ... and I think it will last much longer too. I will not kill any trees, my fake tree will do .. Thank you very much.

1:06AM PST on Dec 17, 2013

I've never had a Christmas tree as an adult. I like them though, they are pretty to look at. Do not care for artificial trees. However I didn't know that it is better for the environment to cut down a tree than to use artificial. Thank you.

11:30PM PST on Dec 16, 2013

Never under estimate the value of a relatively good fake plastic Xmas tree.

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