As people continue to debate politics and work to live, something terrible happens in our ecosystems. Major disasters such as the Fukushima radioactive leak, the apocalyptic fires throughout Indonesia, even the disappearance of bee colonies, seem to go unnoticed in everyday life because we seem to have lost our power and willingness to participate directly in the safeguarding the planet earth.
A new crisis is happening right now, affecting the trees . Millions, even hundreds of millions of trees are dying in North America and around the world for a variety of reasons, suggesting a definitely different landscape in our environment.
Trees are among the largest and most important organisms on Earth, and it is only recently that we have been able to assess how many trees inhabit the planet earth. A study published in 2015 gave us this global overview:
“A new study published in Nature estimates that the planet has 3.04 trillion trees. Research indicates that 15.3 billion trees are felled each year. She also estimates that 46% of the world’s trees have been cleared in the last 12,000 years. ” [Source]
Millions of trees are dying at an alarming rate without attracting public attention
Image crédit : Waking Times
Now, in 2016, the alarm is sounding and in California alone, the problem has become very serious:
“The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that the US Forest Service has identified an additional 36 million dead trees across California since its last aerial survey in May 2016. This brings the total number of dead trees since 2010 to more than 102 million out of 7.7 million acres hit by drought forests in California. In 2016 alone, 62 million trees have died, representing an increase of more than 100 percent of dead trees across the state since 2015. Millions of additional trees are weakened and expected to die within months and months. years to come “. [Source]
A New York Times feature on California trees warns us that many of the state’s trees were already dead before the forest fires, making the fire worse.
In Hawaii, the islands are losing their Ohi’a trees at an alarming rate. Over the past six years, the Big Island has lost nearly 50,000 acres to an unknown disease that causes rapid death in just a few weeks. Researchers do not know how to treat it. Residents fear that it will spread and destroy the entire ecosystem.
“The fate of the ohi’a is not unique – it’s part of a silent crisis going on in the forests of America. Drought, disease, insects and forest fires are destroying tens of millions of trees at an incredible rate, much of it caused by climate change. [Source]
Millions of trees are dying in a short time, foreshadowing a dark future for wildlife and residents. Some people believe that the widespread loss of trees indicates that the strongest trees are weakened by a complex environment attacked by pollution and even climate engineering projects.
“In California and in other parts of the world, many are linking climate engineering to the death of these trees. Also known as geoengineering, it is the modification of the Earth’s atmosphere with the supplementation of compounds and chemicals, ostensibly as a way to favorably influence the climate. [Source]
A planet in imbalance
“Natural ecosystems have been modified in a variety of ways by nitrogen, sulfur and mercury that go into the rain, snow or as gases and particles in the atmosphere. Through decades of scientific research, scientists have documented how local, regional and global sources of air pollution can produce profound changes in ecosystems.
These changes include acidification of soils and surface waters, harmful algal blooms and low oxygen conditions in estuaries, reduced native plant diversity, high levels of mercury in fish and other animals. wild, and decreased tolerance to other constraints, such as pests, diseases, and climate change. «- The issues of ecology, autumn 2011 edition»
The web of life can not be damaged in one area without feeling the effects elsewhere. Just like bees and other insects that die en masse because of a number of causes, trees are also indicators of the health of our planet.