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Are Humans Next? Big Trees Dying Across The Planet At Alarming Rate!

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The largest living organisms on the planet, the big, old trees that harbour and sustain countless birds and other wildlife, are dying.

A report by three of the world’s leading ecologists in today’s issue of the journal

Science warns of an alarming increase in deathrates among trees 100-300 years old in many of the world’s forests, woodlands, savannahs, farming areas and even in cities.

“It’s a worldwide problem and appears to be happening in most types of forest,” says lead author Professor David Lindenmayer of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) and Australian National University.

“Large old trees are critical in many natural and human-dominated environments. Studies of ecosystems around the world suggest populations of these trees are declining rapidly,” he and colleagues Professor Bill Laurance of James Cook University, Australia, and Professor Jerry Franklin of Washington University, USA, say in their Science report.

“Research is urgently needed to identify the causes of rapid losses of large old trees and strategies for improved management. Without… policy changes, large old trees will diminish or disappear in many ecosystems, leading to losses of their associated biota and ecosystem functions.”

Prof. Lindenmayer says they were first tipped off to the loss of big old trees while examining Swedish forestry records going back to the 1860s. Then a 30-year study of Mountain Ash

(Eucalyptus regnans) forest in Australia confirmed not only that big old trees were dying en masse in forest fires, but also perishing at ten times the normal rate in non-fire years – apparently due to drought, high temperatures, logging and other causes.

Looking round the world, the scientists found similar trends at all latitudes, in California’s Yosemite National Park, on the African savannahs, in the rainforests of Brazil, the temperate forests of Europe and the boreal forests of the far north. Losses of large trees were also pronounced in agricultural landscapes and even cities, where people make efforts to preserve them.

“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.

“Big trees supply abundant food for numerous animals in the form of fruits, flowers, foliage and nectar. Their hollows offer nests and shelter for birds and animals like Australia’s endangered Leadbeater’s Possum (

Gymnobelideus leadbeateri) – and their loss could mean extinction for such creatures.

“In agricultural landscapes, large old trees can be focal points for vegetation restoration; they help connect the landscape by acting as stepping stones for many animals that disperse seeds and pollen,” he says.

The alarming decline in old trees in so many types of forest appears to be driven by a combination of forces, including land clearing, agricultural practices, man-made changes in fire regimes, logging and timber gathering, insect attack and rapid climatic changes, says Prof. Jerry Franklin.

“For example, populations of large old pines in the dry forests of western North America declined dramatically over the last century because of selective logging, uncharacteristically severe wildfires, and other causes,” he adds.

The researchers liken the global loss of big trees to the tragedy that has already befallen the world’s largest mammals, such as elephants, rhinos, tigers and whales, cautioning that almost nowhere do conservation programs have the time-frames lasting centuries, which are needed to assure the survival of old trees.

“Just as large-bodied animals such as elephants, tigers and cetaceans have declined drastically in many parts of the world, a growing body of evidence suggests that large old trees could be equally imperilled,” they warn.

They call for an urgent world-wide investigation to assess the extent of big tree loss, and to identify areas where big trees have a better chance of survival.

Their paper “Rapid Worldwide Declines of Large Old Trees, by David B. Lindenmayer, William F. Laurance and Jerry F. Franklin appears in today’s issue of the journal Science.

CEED is the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions. CEED’s research tackles key gaps in environmental decision making, monitoring and adaptive management.

More information:

Professor David Lindenmayer, CEED and ANU

Professor Bill Laurance, JCU, (currently in Europe) bill.laurance@jcu.edu.au

Professor Jerry Franklin, Washington University, USA, jff@u.washington.edu Professor Hugh Possingham, CEED and UQ

http://beforeitsnews.com/environment/2012/12/are-humans-next-big-trees-dying-across-the-planet-at-alarming-rate-2456066.html

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6 Responses to Are Humans Next? Big Trees Dying Across The Planet At Alarming Rate!

  1. US Marine Fighting Tyranny says:

    Well,….

    According to the Georgia Guidestones,.. the NWO-Scum want to reduce the population of people from its current 7+ Billion,.. to under 500 Million,.. approx a 93% reduction (deaths) of humans.

    I guess with thier Chem-Trail Poisons being released to start that process,.. they kind of forgot that poisoning the Air, Ground and Water tends to kill the trees to.

    OOpppsss.

    Their bad.

    JD – US Marines – Time to Arrest, Convict and Execute the International Banksters,… before they kill everything on this planet in order to,… “save it”.

  2. uninformedLuddite says:

    What rapid climatic changes? They keep telling me that it is too slow to notice.

  3. Cathleen says:

    Chemtrail spraying is changing the Ph of the soil.

    • # 1 NWO Hatr says:

      Which is exactly why Monsanto took out patents for aluminum resistant crops in 2009.

      • leo bourne says:

        Monstano also has patents on aluminum resistant trees. It is past time to jail those involved in geo -engineering. Those who are flying the planes, actually doing the spraying, will suffer the same fate as their bosses. You pilots have a choice,stop the spraying!

  4. Jolly Roger says:

    Except for the insect attacks and the climate change BS that’s added to every natural anomaly to forward the Gore agenda, they only list intentional acts of man as being the cause of the problem.

    This tells me it’s not really a problem. It’s just a matter of getting some of the wrong people out of the way.

    We recently had much of our farmland sprayed with one of the components of Agent Orange, a man-made drought, constant chem-trailing, and we’re always subjected to an endless barrage of microwaves from cell phone and WiFi signals. None of this can be any good for anything that grows, so yes, I expect that trees, and people, will be dropping like flies. Maybe the flies will survive, but humans seem determined to kill themselves off one way or another. We’re killing ourselves by allowing the people who are trying to kill us to survive.

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