I posted this in December 2020 and I’m fairly certain that the tree is still thriving. We just need leave trees standing to carry on the job of carbon capture.
Trees have been around for anywhere between 350 and 420 million years and so have formed part of the natural cycles that regulate the planet. They have evolved to deal with some changes in temperature and precipitation as they aren’t exactly mobile compared to the many creatures that live in and off them. They have in some cases learnt to live with fire and being struck by lightening, to weather fierce storms, to tackle disease but there’s a limit. Was the tree in the photograph damaged in some natural way or by some human?
When did it all start going wrong for the trees? The real change probably happened around 12,000 years ago when the human monkey had the bright idea for agriculture and land clearance. Before that we had been burning them for a million years or more but the human population was not that large and maybe didn’t contribute too much towards their demise but maybe future research will show that not to be the case. With agriculture and the more favourable conditions of this interglacial period humans really got going with their destruction of trees and the rest of the environment. Then the human monkey had the great idea of burning the trees dead relations. They called it an industrial revolution and progress but they forgot in the most part to consider the natural physical cycles that control the planet. Now just over 200 years later, a blink of geological time, we have billions of humans cutting down trees for their daily heating and cooking and in the more developed countries further cutting and burning of trees for what is laughingly called a biofuel. Clearly this cannot carry on and just planting a tree anywhere and anyhow is not going to replace the immense amount of damage caused by our species.
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