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World's Oldest Trees Dying

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A new report has revealed that some of the world's oldest trees are dying at a fast rate.

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Sam E M. (0)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 5:32 am
This is sad and shocking news. I hope an international investigation is soon in place to discover how we can protect these old trees which are essential to our planet.

Kit B. (276)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 7:36 am

I've read this before, it's a severe problem. Some trees are infected with old diseases once thought contained, others with an out break of beetles, and some just cannot keep up with rapidly changing climate conditions.

pam w. (138)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 7:41 am
No surprise....sad. This is NOT a good time to be born!

Penny C. (85)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 8:07 am
This is very sad.

Sheri J. (16)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 9:10 am
Very unfortunate news.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 9:34 am
Corporate pigs at work. Back to the garden.

Tamara Noforwardsplz (185)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 10:32 am
This is very disturbing news indeed. I fear we are on a downhill slide and we are picking up momentum rapidly. And this ride does not seem to have any brakes.

Janice P. (5)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 1:56 pm
This is very sad. Trees are some of my favorite people.

. (0)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 1:57 pm
Disturbing is not the word for it.

Barbara Goheen (0)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 2:43 pm
This is very sad.

Aaron Bouchard (158)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 3:14 pm
Terrible news

Gene Jacobson (278)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 3:18 pm
"“It is a very, very disturbing trend. We are talking about the loss of the biggest living organisms on the planet, of the largest flowering plants on the planet, of organisms that play a key role in regulating and enriching our world,” says Professor Bill Laurance of James Cook University. “Large old trees play critical ecological roles. They provide nesting or sheltering cavities for up to 30% of all birds and animals in some ecosystems. They store huge amounts of carbon. They recycle soil nutrients, create rich patches for other life to thrive in, and influence the flow of water within landscapes and the local climate."

I despair sometimes that no one but our scientists, who are scorned by the richest and the masses for their doomsday talk, will ever be accorded the honored place in our world that they deserve. In many ways it is they alone who stand between us and extinction. They alone who understand, even if only dimly, how interconnected life on this planet is, how dependent on ALL life IS all life. Our ecosystem is so much more fragile than we think, we ignore that at our own peril. Despite the evidence which is now not only in scientific papers but right there in front of us, climate change due to human carbon emissions is slowly strangling our ecosphere,and with it, us, eventually and by eventually I mean within a few hundred years. Some scientists say now we are past the tipping point for saving ourselves, many in fact. We can't kill the planet, that is human hubris, but we can make it uninhabitable and THAT we are doing and NO one but scientists is taking that seriously at all. If those greedy 1%er's think they can take it with them, they are about to find out how very wrong they are. The sad part is that the rest of us have to learn that lesson along with them, or our great grandchildren do.

Susie S. (4)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 3:46 pm
we are killing our planet!

Colleen L. (2)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 3:52 pm
So sad. Doesn't surprise me with all the toxinx that are in our air/environment. I care very much about plants. I try to take good care of my own besides whatever I can do for others.Thanks Cher

Christeen Anderson (643)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 4:12 pm
So sad...........................

greenplanet e. (155)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 4:32 pm
Disturbing, we should be better guardians of the planet and stop polluting it / stop raising the Earth's surface temerature.

janet f. (29)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 4:41 pm
Is this a sign that the planet is dying?

M D. (580)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 5:22 pm
Sadly noted. Use less oil ... go car-frfee if you can ....

M D. (580)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 5:23 pm
Meant to say "car-free".

Shawna S. (45)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 9:37 pm
sad news :( I've been reading about the ash borer beetles all over the world. In Canada, our ash trees are severely declining. I've read the same is happening in Europe. Climate conditions are hazardous in the forms of fires and floods and protection is minimal. The only hope is that the same trees that have lived for thousands of years can endure what's next. Fingers crossed.

Frans Badenhorst (580)
Wednesday December 12, 2012, 2:43 am
devastating news..... to say it makes me sad and angry is an understatement..... heartbreaking

John Gregoire (291)
Wednesday December 12, 2012, 5:44 am
Yes horrible news.

Ana Fontan (16)
Wednesday December 12, 2012, 12:47 pm
Noted, very sad!

Carol H. (229)
Wednesday December 19, 2012, 4:33 am
noted, thanks Cher
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