An odd quote from a bicyclist
"If everyone rode bikes we'd see health and obesity issues improve, greenhouse gas emissions and global warming would be a non-issue and you'd have a fit, strong and more productive workforce."A Hundred Years of Bark Beetles’ Feasts « The Unbearable Nakedness of CLIMATE CHANGE
The owner of the Climate Progress blog laments NBC’s forgetfulness in mentioning global warming as the culprit for forest destruction in Colorado by mountain pine beetles.
However, there is something else to ponder:
c) From the New York Times, 12/6/1932
“Director Horace Albright reports that he is greatly worried about the situation in the Yellowstone, where the mountain-pine beetle threatens the destruction of the lodgepole pine, which constitutes 80 per cent of the park’s forests”
(d) From the New York Times, 10/6/1907
“the mountain [pine] beetle refuses anything short of a high altitude. Here it abounds in destructive numbers, especially in the West: and as fast as it travels through those salubrious regions down go vast quantities of pine”
If one had read the article of 101 years ago, one would think we would have no trees left whatsoever by now. It didn’t happen. One worders why.
ps the not-so-mild 2008 winter has not killed as many beetles as expected. perhaps temperature is not that important.