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Texas Loses Half a Billion Trees to Epic Drought


Environment  (tags: trees, drought, agriculture, climate, climate-change, ecosystems, destruction, environment, forests, conservation )

Cal
- 999 days ago - news.mongabay.com
A punishing drought in Texas has not only damaged crops, killed cattle, and led to widespread fires, but has also killed off a significant portion of the state's trees: between 100 and 500 million trees have perished to drought stress according to prelim



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Allan Yorkowitz (453)
Wednesday December 21, 2011, 3:43 pm
Am I being stupid to suggest the military can fly water over these drought areas? They do so when Calif. has wildfires out of control.
 

Dave C. (214)
Wednesday December 21, 2011, 5:53 pm
how sad....
 

Susanne R. (249)
Wednesday December 21, 2011, 9:01 pm
According to an article in eHow, "Texas power plants produced almost 257 million tons of CO2 emissions in 2010, which is 5.56 percent more than in 2009. It was the worst CO2 polluter in the nation."

If any state needs its trees, it's Texas! If Texas DOES start refining the tar sands oil, which is more carbon-intensive than any other process, it's going to be in very big trouble!
 

Daniel Partlow (189)
Wednesday December 21, 2011, 9:53 pm
Yes, we Texans are in trouble. We are already in stage 3 water rationing now. And it looks like it will last a long time. I think we are all in trouble cause we definately needed those trees!!
 

Monica D. (580)
Wednesday December 21, 2011, 11:12 pm
This sounds terrible.
 

wolfNoFwdsPls a. (135)
Thursday December 22, 2011, 12:37 am
and is it really "a drought" (which seems to imply something temporary, like a weather-phenomenon) or more of a (climate-change-induced) drying-out (what's there to stay) ?
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> the military can fly water over these drought areas?
sure, just about as effectively as you can piss out a burning building

 

Norm C. (74)
Thursday December 22, 2011, 12:40 am
Yes, Allan,
You're being "uninformed". The amount that a water bomber can carry is: 1. insignificant compared to the need and 2. more than a little would evaporate by the time or soon after it hit the ground. To effectively end a drought: 1. It helps if air temperatures drop into the moderate range to prevent excess evaporation and 2. "rain"fall needs to be moderate enough to not induce noticeable runoff and be steady enough long enough to soak into and nearly saturate the top several inches of earth so it can percolate further into the water table. In a drought this severe, an extraordinary amount of soil needs to be rehydrated.

Sudden downpours (which a water bomber would simulate) do very little good as most just runs off. The needs of a burning forest are completely different from the needs of a parched landscape.
 

Mm M. (455)
Thursday December 22, 2011, 7:10 pm
Texas has had a Horrific time, fires and I feel for all that live there!
 

Carmen S. (611)
Thursday December 22, 2011, 7:13 pm
noted, thanks Cal
 

Gary C. (5)
Thursday December 22, 2011, 7:14 pm
Not real good news.... Thankyou...
 

Bette M. (91)
Thursday December 22, 2011, 7:20 pm
Some say the squeak in a hardwood floor
is the spirit of the tree screaming
out of the injustice of it's death
and the sacrilege of it's defacement-

Plant & protect Danny's trees for life
Trees are the lungs of the earth.
 

Mm M. (455)
Thursday December 22, 2011, 7:23 pm
BTW...Sadly Allen, in 2002 and 2007 when California had all of the horrific fires (where I LIVE) not counting the others, it was NOT the Military that did anything, it was our own firefighters here....and HELP was NOT given to all of those that were shoved out of there homes and put into the San Diego Stadium until after the FACT..

I was at my Church and even though I was scared that I may be in danger of having to rush out, did donate clothes, toothbrushes, and all of what they asked for all of those that had to Flee for their lives, Thank GOD I did not have a pet at that time during the Fires! Fires are scary, and frankly, I am used to Earthquakes, but Rushing fires are horrible and leave only dispair in their path! Watched it rush over a hill near my house and put a paper on my garage door on what to take and have been prepared ever since!

Here in California, lately we have had a TON of rain, sadly, it is all RUN OFF, and all of the JUNK goes into the Ocean! Thus, People get ill if they get into the Ocean, always wonder about all of the creatures that have to swim in this Septic Situation! When people always tell me LOVE TO GET A DOWNPOUR OF RAIN, I always tell them, please ask for it in small amounts - thus, the Earth can soak it up!

 

New G. (8)
Thursday December 22, 2011, 8:48 pm
Noted and thank you.
 

Quanta Kiran (65)
Friday December 23, 2011, 12:17 am
Thanks.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday December 23, 2011, 3:34 am
sadly noted
 

William K. (328)
Saturday December 24, 2011, 11:08 am
If climate change causes this drought to become the normal pattern, then I think that we are going to see desertification in Texas.
 
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