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  •  Excellent discussion on KUOW Seattle (7+ / 0-)

    The other day a person involved with forestry talked about the long term prospects, considering weather patterns that are changing and have been changing for a long time.

    Bottom line:  hotter and drier in Washington State, with the forests to the east of the Cascades in some jeopardy as the warmer and drier conditions enhance pine bark beetle infestations, which dry out a lot of wood, which sets the stage for forest fires.  

    The temps in July have been getting warmer over the past forty years.  Now, it is in the upper 70s, which is warm for this area in this time of years.  

    The earliest real indications of climate change were those reported by mountain climbers.  Famous glaciers that were encountered and photographed in the 20s and 30s are receding or gone.  Gone are the famous ice caves on Mt. Rainier.  

    When you travel across the West, you really can see the urgency for some sort of action.  There are very large areas of barren land with no agriculture and no settlements.  There are those places where some people are hanging on, but barely.  Where there isn't water there isn't life.  

    hope that the idiots who have no constructive and creative solutions but only look to tear down will not win the day.

    by Stuart Heady on Fri Jul 06, 2012 at 04:34:19 PM PDT

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