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Global warming: Giant African baobab trees die suddenly after thousands of years
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Giant African baobab trees die suddenly after thousands of years
Demise of nine out of 13 of the ancient landmarks linked to climate change by researchers

"Some of Africa’s oldest and biggest baobab trees have abruptly died, wholly or in part, in the past decade, according to researchers.

The trees, aged between 1,100 and 2,500 years and in some cases as wide as a bus is long, may have fallen victim to climate change, the team speculated.

“We report that nine of the 13 oldest … individuals have died, or at least their oldest parts/stems have collapsed and died, over the past 12 years,” they wrote in the scientific journal Nature Plants, describing “an event of an unprecedented magnitude”.

“It is definitely shocking and dramatic to experience during our lifetime the demise of so many trees with millennial ages,” said the study’s co-author Adrian Patrut of the Babeș-Bolyai University in Romania.

Among the nine were four of the largest African baobabs. While the cause of the die-off remains unclear, the researchers “suspect that the demise of monumental baobabs may be associated at least in part with significant modifications of climate conditions that affect southern Africa in particular”.

Further research is needed, said the team from Romania, South Africa and the United States, “to support or refute this supposition”.

Between 2005 and 2017, the researchers probed and dated “practically all known very large and potentially old” African baobabs – more than 60 individuals in all. Collating data on girth, height, wood volume and age, they noted the “unexpected and intriguing fact” that most of the very oldest and biggest trees died during the study period. All were in southern Africa – Zimbabwe, Namibia, South Africa, Botswana, and Zambia.

The baobab is the biggest and longest-living flowering tree, according to the research team. It is found naturally in Africa’s savannah region and outside the continent in tropical areas to which it was introduced. It is a strange-looking plant, with branches resembling gnarled roots reaching for the sky, giving it an upside-down look.

The iconic tree can live to be 3,000 years old, according to the website of the Kruger National Park in South Africa, a natural baobab habitat.

The tree serves as a massive store of water, and bears fruit that feeds animals and humans. Its leaves are boiled and eaten as an accompaniment similar to spinach, or used to make traditional medicines, while the bark is pounded and woven into rope, baskets, cloth and waterproof hats.

The purpose of the study was to learn how the trees become so enormous. The researchers used radiocarbon dating to analyse samples taken from different parts of each tree’s trunk. They found that the trunk of the baobab grows from not one but multiple core stems. According to the Kruger Park, baobabs are “very difficult to kill”.

“They can be burnt, or stripped of their bark, and they will just form new bark and carry on growing,” it states. “When they do die, they simply rot from the inside and suddenly collapse, leaving a heap of fibres.”

Of the 10 trees listed by the study authors, four died completely, meaning all their multiple stems toppled and died together, while the others suffered the death of one or several parts.

The oldest tree by far, of which all the stems collapsed in 2010/11, was the Panke tree in Zimbabwe, estimated to have existed for 2,500 years. The biggest, dubbed Holboom, was from Namibia. It stood 30.2 metres (99 feet) tall and had a girth of 35.1 m."

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/j...s-of-years

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amazing tree, looks like an elephant...

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We had a discussion about this on another thread today... extinction of life.

It seems that conservatives are fine with this.. we're to keep on partying until we and non-human lifeforms become extinct.

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House of M  Wrote: (06-12-2018 09:02 PM)
We had a discussion about this on another thread today... extinction of life.

It seems that conservatives are fine with this.. we're to keep on partying until we and non-human lifeforms become extinct.

The USA is not the biggest carbon producers on the planet. We sent all of our factories to China which have no regulations at all. Things arent as simple as blame conservatives all the time.
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RE: Global warming: Giant African baobab trees die suddenly after thousands of years
Hamburgerwagon  Wrote: (06-12-2018 09:07 PM)
House of M  Wrote: (06-12-2018 09:02 PM)
We had a discussion about this on another thread today... extinction of life.

It seems that conservatives are fine with this.. we're to keep on partying until we and non-human lifeforms become extinct.

The USA is not the biggest carbon producers on the planet. We sent all of our factories to China which have no regulations at all. Things arent as simple as blame conservatives all the time.

Trump is the only major industrialized nation leader that failed to sign on to the paris accords to curb carbon use.

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RE: Global warming: Giant African baobab trees die suddenly after thousands of years
He Man  Wrote: (06-12-2018 09:10 PM)
Hamburgerwagon  Wrote: (06-12-2018 09:07 PM)
The USA is not the biggest carbon producers on the planet. We sent all of our factories to China which have no regulations at all. Things arent as simple as blame conservatives all the time.

Trump is the only major industrialized nation leader that failed to sign on to the paris accords to curb carbon use.

But we already have so much EPA regulation, we didnt need that. Dont get me started, you might cause me to get myself banned.
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RE: Global warming: Giant African baobab trees die suddenly after thousands of years
Hamburgerwagon  Wrote: (06-12-2018 09:12 PM)
He Man  Wrote: (06-12-2018 09:10 PM)
Trump is the only major industrialized nation leader that failed to sign on to the paris accords to curb carbon use.

But we already have so much EPA regulation, we didnt need that. Dont get me started, you might cause me to get myself banned.

Carbon is the problem only carbon reduction can turn things around or we all die along with 98% of living things on this planet. So go ahead and get mad or not.

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Now these psychopaths are killing ancient trees in order to sell their global warming scam, that is sick.

I didn't see any pictures of dead trees though so it is possible they are just pretending to kill ancient trees which would be less despicable.
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He Man  Wrote: (06-12-2018 09:15 PM)
Hamburgerwagon  Wrote: (06-12-2018 09:12 PM)
But we already have so much EPA regulation, we didnt need that. Dont get me started, you might cause me to get myself banned.

Carbon is the problem only carbon reduction can turn things around or we all die along with 98% of living things on this planet. So go ahead and get mad or not.

You are NOT in a good mood today.
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RE: Global warming: Giant African baobab trees die suddenly after thousands of years
He Man  Wrote: (06-12-2018 09:15 PM)
Hamburgerwagon  Wrote: (06-12-2018 09:12 PM)
But we already have so much EPA regulation, we didnt need that. Dont get me started, you might cause me to get myself banned.

Carbon is the problem only carbon reduction can turn things around or we all die along with 98% of living things on this planet. So go ahead and get mad or not.

You are 18.5 percent carbon heman so if we get rid of you it would be a good start at eliminating the threat.
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RE: Global warming: Giant African baobab trees die suddenly after thousands of years
LoP Guest  Wrote: (06-12-2018 09:20 PM)
He Man  Wrote: (06-12-2018 09:15 PM)
Carbon is the problem only carbon reduction can turn things around or we all die along with 98% of living things on this planet. So go ahead and get mad or not.

You are 18.5 percent carbon heman so if we get rid of you it would be a good start at eliminating the threat.

He is 5% methane also...
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LoP Guest  Wrote: (06-12-2018 09:20 PM)
He Man  Wrote: (06-12-2018 09:15 PM)
Carbon is the problem only carbon reduction can turn things around or we all die along with 98% of living things on this planet. So go ahead and get mad or not.

You are 18.5 percent carbon heman so if we get rid of you it would be a good start at eliminating the threat.

Nah, we will keep the old waterbag around for fun. Hes kind of cranky today but I still like him.
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