Tuesday, December 15th, 2009
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Trees Get Into Global Warming Act

treeGreat. Now even the trees are going to destroy the planet. A major bummer of an article in Nature explains that, due to global warming, trees are growing farther north than they have before. And how, because tree-tops are darker than barren land, they have less "albedo" (that's a cool word!) or "reflectiveness," and so the earth with absorb more heat from the sun. "When the vegetation moves in, there will be an amplification of the warming," says Inez Fung, an atmospheric physicist at the University of California, Berkeley. If you're now wondering whether we're supposed to do with trees-chop them down or not-it doesn't matter, apparently. The article goes on to say that the Arctic is changing faster and more dramatically than scientists thought it would, and, that, basically, we're fucked. "Asked what her team's findings might mean for the international climate negotiations going on in Copenhagen, Fung says she is impatient to see progress. But she also sounds somewhat fatalistic. 'Whatever they agree to," she says, "is not fast enough to stop the changes that we are seeing.'"

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KarenUhOh (#19)

This is a conspiracy designed to keep these trees from being eaten by carp.

dado (#102)

Climate change I can believe in.

Mary HK Choi (#1,469)

Dude. Dave, don't sweat it. We'll have long died of starvation by then. Chill god.

Dave Bry (#422)

The sun don't chill, Allah.

Mary HK Choi (#1,469)

AHAHAHAHHAHAHA. I'm glad you did that.

Kakapo (#2,312)

I like the fact that "albedo" sounds like it might be the opposite of "libido," but I'm not sure where to go with that.

son of spam (#1,163)

And yet they have wood.

Rw (#1,458)

But, the debate on climate change continues right? I just hope that children's children of the cons and other idiots to know that their shitty genetics are the reason why they can't breath, eat, obtain fresh water, Not sun Burn in Oct. Kinda of like how Thomas Jefferson's Descendants had to come to terms with the fact that T.J. was actually a rapist piece of shit… who had a few great ideas.

kneetoe (#1,881)

. . . and sothe trees will grow further north. Making it warmer. So the trees will grow further north . . . .

Of all the global warming potential feedback loops, this one scares me the least.

Van Buren Boy (#1,233)

Except for the trees in the south that go away due to desertification.

kneetoe (#1,881)

No, those just relocate to somewhere outside Chicago. The trees up on the mountains though, well, different story.

HiredGoons (#603)

But burning down the rainforest balances it out… right?

kneetoe (#1,881)

Black char and mud is similar, absorbent-wise, to trees.

rj77 (#210)

So. We have the following to look forward to:

Earth-killing trees
Poisonous bears
the robot takeover
Knife-wielding octopi
and the zombie uprising led by the undead visages of Ronald McDonald and Orel Roberts.

Good fucking grief.

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