Nature at work

Nature at work

PE Bias Grade : F

By: Allen Nitschelm on October 10, 2020 | Article Review

This is a review of the following Boston Globe Article:
Article Title Why are so many trees falling during storms?
Date 10/09/2020
Article Link Boston Globe ( Page B2 )
Syndicated From N/A
Journalist Emily Sweeney
Article Summary

If a tree falls in the forest, does a climate-change scientist hear it?

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There are a lot of trees on the planet. When you drive into the wilderness, all you see are trees. Even approaching major cities, you can see a ton of trees.

According to the Internet, there are over 3 trillion trees (,estimate%20of%20400%20billion%20trees.)

When you consider the weight of a tree, compared to a human, the “mass” of trees is far greater than the numbers.

Perhaps this is why we have so much oil under the ground. Most of the fossil fuels had to be made from plant matter, not fossilized bones of animals like dinosaurs.

This Boston Globe article covers the recent storm, which took down lots of trees. And of course the Globe interjects the climate-change narrative to explain that we are losing trees faster because of climate change. What bunk.

The article then says that the winds were topping off at 70 mph. Hmm, could that be the reason we’ve lost a few trees?

If trees have shallow roots and they get toppled over in high winds, and these patterns are changing due to “climate change” so that we are going to see more high winds and too much (or is it too little?) rain, then the trees with “shallow roots” will be upended. And in their place we are likely to see trees with stronger roots.

Because this is how evolution works. The weak trees, the ones that are not adapted towards our impending warming planet, will be knocked over and stronger trees will take their place. This is actually a good thing because it means that the planet will adopt to higher temperatures. Maybe we don’t need to ban fossil fuels after all.

We don’t really know what is happening or why with storms, but it seems that the media will suggest that anything out of the ordinary is due to “climate change.” More water or less water are both because of climate change. That doesn’t sound right, does it? It is extremely rare to ever read about any positive developments due to a very slightly warmer planet, but logic tells me that the positive effects are likely to be as plentiful as the negative effects. Yet we almost always read about just the negative ones.

But don’t worry. Despite the dire predictions of losing thousands of trees in the most recent storm, the planet still has 3,040,000,000,000 left, give or take a billion.


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