Your Burger Habit Could Make Trees Live Fast And Die Young Or Something

Hot take alert, because the Cult of Climastrology always has to have some sort of new doomy prognostication of doom

Climate change may make trees live fast and die young

Everyone from governments to oil companies is looking at tree-planting as a way to counter global warming, but this strategy could be less effective than we thought.

In a warming world with growing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, researchers have hypothesised that trees will grow faster. But this isn’t necessarily a good thing. Faster-growing trees may live shorter lives, reducing the amount of time they lock carbon away for.

Now data is beginning to suggest that this is the case. Ulf Büntgen of the University of Cambridge and his colleagues have looked at tree ring records going back 2,000 years, and found that the longest-lived trees were those with the slowest growth rates.

“We find that if a tree grows fast in its initial stage, there is a high probability that it will die younger,” he says.

The team studied 1800 trees, all of which were mountain pines from the Spanish Pyrenees or Siberian larch from the Russian Altai region, which can live up to about 800 years. In a warmer world with more carbon dioxide, however, these trees might live just 150 years after growing rapidly.

So, um, what kinds of fossil fueled vehicles were they driving back 2,000 years ago? Oh, right, right, that was then, this is now, and why are you asking so many questions? You must hate life on Earth.

I’m sure we can fix this all with a tax, right?

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14 Responses to “Your Burger Habit Could Make Trees Live Fast And Die Young Or Something”

  1. liljeffyatemypuppy says:

    Wonder what kind of termites they had back 2000 years ago…

  2. Kye says:

    Live fast, die early and leave a beautiful stump.

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  4. JGlanton says:

    Slow-growing trees live longer????
    This is my shocked face:

  5. Dana says:

    Apparently trees can be planted but once, and after that, no more will be planted or grow. If we plant trees in 2019, we’re not allowed to plant more in 2021, especially not if Donald Trump wins re-election.

    Since moving to the farm, we have planted nine trees, and I’m sure we’ll plant more. Oh, it wasn’t to fight global warming climate change, but for beautification. At our last home, we planted seven trees — the property wasn’t really large enough to plant more — for the same reasons.

    How many trees has Jeffrey Jeffery planted? How many trees have the heavily urbanized warmunists planted?

    • Professor Hale says:

      9 whole trees? That’s amazing. I have some forested land where the trees plant themselves. I don’t bother counting them. There are new ones every year. It’s almost as if they don’t really need me at all.

      • Dana says:

        Alas! My land isn’t forested, save along the riverbank, but cleared farmland. The previous owner apparently had several nice trees removed from the ‘yard’ portion of the property. We’re trying to make the place look nicer.

        Howsomeever, we do have trees which reproduce themselves, silver maples, which are just nasty. Those we dig up.

        • Elwood P. Dowd says:

          Our small, energy efficient house is shaded in the summer by oak, maple, mulberry, sweetgum, locust, and a few unidentified, with an understory of honeysuckle, smoke tree, cherry, dogwood, with yews, tall grass, barberry… many planted, many are “volunteers”. Japanese honeysuckle is a hassle since they have to pruned to be tree-like. Our productive old apple tree finally passed on a couple years ago… In the winter, the trees lose their leaves affording a great southern exposure for passive solar heating!

          Green plants have a relatively “short carbon cycle” compared to fossil fuels, where massive amounts of coal, oil and gas have been locked away for millions of years and have been suddenly (geologically speaking) released into our atmosphere. Earth systems have not been able to absorb this sudden influx of CO2. That’s why it’s accumulating.

  6. Liljeffyatemypuppy says:

    What happens to trees when they die?
    (Asking for a confused little 12 year old girl.)

    • Dana says:

      They make their way into my wood shop.

      • Liljeffyatemypuppy says:

        What about all the other dead trees around the world?

        Hint: There are 2,600 different species of termites, and it is estimated that there are at least a million billion individual termites on Earth.

  7. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    We’re not “breaking even” on our carbon budget are we? How do we know? Atmospheric CO2 continues to rise.

    Did this precipitous rise in CO2 result from fewer trees? Maybe a little. Termites? Hardly.

    From humans burning reduced hydrocarbons long buried as coal, oil and gas? Bingo!

    How do we know? The isotope signature of the atmosphere is changing, showing an increase in CO2 locked away as hydrocarbons in coal, oil and gas millions of years ago.

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