2010-11-22

Half of BC pines dead from fossil fuel pollution. Is it over?

Our earth is overheating at a rate unprecedented in geologic history. BC is overheating twice as fast. The decimation of our pine forests is one of the many eco-collapses emerging from our overheating landscape.

Half our pine trees have been eaten alive in just the last nine years. An area five times the size of Vancouver Island is being attacked by a killing plague of billions of native pine beetles. Nothing like this has ever been witnessed. A study published in the journal, Nature, concluded that "the current outbreak in British Columbia, Canada, is an order of magnitude larger in area and severity than all previous recorded outbreaks." One analyst calls the devastation "probably the biggest landscape-level change since the ice age."

The force that unleashed this wholesale collapse is simple -- humans chose dirty and deadly fossil fuels instead of cleaner, sustainable energy sources. Fortunately we have easy ways in BC to quickly switch much of our dirty energy to cleaner, hopeful alternatives that will never run out. But if we don't switch soon then such eco-collapses will broaden and accelerate, threatening our way of life, our economy and our security.