The Nationwide Tree Decline

September 16, 2015

By Suzanne Maher

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Former California crop-loss analyst Rosalind Peterson comments: “Once you have air pollution and add aluminum, it allows the tree roots to uptake the aluminum, which then prevents the roots from absorbing water and nutrients to survive. This leads to death which looks like drought.”

Lack of direct sun causes higher humidity and less light — perfect conditions for molds, mildew and fungus growth. Most important: Direct sunlight is needed for photosynthesis by plants (to make chlorophyll, their food), and filtered sunlight just doesn’t do the trick. Translation: Plants cannot nourish themselves properly when man-made clouds cover the sky. In Mendocino County (Northern California), from December 16, 2006 to May 30, 2007, there were only three full days of direct sunlight. Wild grasses did not grow more than a couple of inches, despite normal rainfall.

From Charles Little’s book, The Dying of Trees: “Aluminum is a common constituent of forest soils, but it is ‘locked up’ in aluminum silicates, and in this compound form is [no danger to] trees and other plants.” With acid rains, however, the silicates are broken down and the aluminum is freed. “The metal kills the roots first. This means that trees can no longer absorb and transport needed nutrients … are weakened and can be invaded by insects or pathogens, or succumb to extremes of weather … in which case they die.”

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The Nationwide Tree Decline