Skip to comments.Forests Are Growing Faster, Ecologists Discover; Climate Change Appears to Be Driving Acc'd Growth
Posted on 02/03/2010 8:38:13 AM PST by Upstate NY Guy
ScienceDaily (Feb. 2, 2010) Speed is not a word typically associated with trees; they can take centuries to grow. However, a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has found evidence that forests in the Eastern United States are growing faster than they have in the past 225 years. The study offers a rare look at how an ecosystem is responding to climate change...
Sean McMahon discovered that, on average, the forest is growing an additional 2 tons per acre annually. That is the equivalent of a tree with a diameter of 2 feet sprouting up over a year.
Forests and their soils store the majority of the Earth's terrestrial carbon stock. Small changes in their growth rate can have significant ramifications in weather patterns, nutrient cycles, climate change and biodiversity. Exactly how these systems will be affected remains to be studied.
Parker and McMahon's paper focuses on the drivers of the accelerated tree growth. The chief culprit appears to be climate change, more specifically, the rising levels of atmospheric CO2, higher temperatures and longer growing seasons...
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Oh, the horror..........
Massive frauds do not apply to trees -— you cannot TAX THEM !!!!
Quick, let’s fork over billions to the UN for a further study on how this affects developing nations. Let’s start with a new 10 year 400 billion euro case study. We’ll get back to you in 2020.
Joyce Kilmer. 18861918
I THINK that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the sweet earth’s flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day, 5
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain. 10
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.
Meaning all is working as it should. The designer of this planet knew what he was doing.
Forests Are Growing Faster, Ecologists Discover;
Climate Change Carbon Dioxide increase Appears to Be Driving Acc'd Growth
This is pathetic. In my high school biology course back in the 50s we learned about the CO2-O2 cycle, with animals needing oxygen and plants needing carbon dioxide. This is, we were taught, a self-balancing cycle, since if it tilts one way or the other it encourages more animals or plants, bringing it back into balance. Much of the work, of course, is done by small animals and plants—bacteria, insects, plankton, and the like, that can grow pretty quickly.
I always thought that a good counter-charge to make against these whacko greenies is that by decreasing CO2 they are killing the rain forests. Which, in fact, they are doing, with their biofuel idiocies.
Hi, im an upstate NY GAL
Oh my! What will the consequences of too much oxygen be? Ahhhh, the horror of it all!!!
How can this be I thought acid rain killed all the trees in the east years ago.
No, it means they're packing up with tinder and burning to ashes while drying up streams and killing fish. That doesn't mean CO2 enrichment is a bad thing; just that we do have to deal with it.
Trees can’t be taxed but the state of CA. taxes me when I send them to the mill. And both the state and feds suck up income taxes.
The idiot global warming fanatics might be surprised to hear that trees are made of cellulose -(C6 H10 O5), the carbon coming from, of course, atmospheric CO2.
My 30-acre redwood forest has grown much faster and healthier since we did selective thinning ten years ago.
That’s the whole point of selective timber harvests.
My idiot brother has about 50 acres of untouched redwoods that look awful. They are crowding each other so much that a lot are dying. Being a tree hugger, he refuses to maintain that forest.
Stupid is as stupid does.
It stands to reason that any increases in CO2 would stimulate plant growth. By putting out forest fires and practicing reforestation there are actually more tress in many areas than there were 100 years ago ...hence a use for even more CO2. This notion that CO2 is a deadly pollutant in our atmosphere and is driving climate change is pure bunk