Air Pollution & Dying Forests
AIR POLLUTION AND FOREST HEALTH NOTES
FROM AROUND THE WORLD
DAMAGE FROM ACID RAIN IS FAR WORSE THAN BELIEVED
This photo is intended to depict how serious the problem of dying forests can become. Forests are losing vigor, becoming more stressed and are increasingly dying across broad geographic regions. In many cases long term exposure to air pollution and air pollution induced climate change are the underlying reasons ecosystems are severely stressed and trees are dead and dying. Multiple, toxic air pollutants along with stresses induced by rapidly changing climate can act synergistically to weaken forest ecosystems making them more susceptible to insect and disease attacks, weather related damage, forest fires, or unexplained decline and death.
This web site is provided by Eco Systems, Inc. of Woodstock, Vermont.
Information on this site was compiled by Gerry Hawkes.
photo taken in May 1997 by Bob Winterbottom in Shenandoah National Park
Since virtually all scientists and much of the public now agree that there is an urgent need to curb emissions of greenhouse gases and since the volume of news regarding the serious environmental consequences has become overwhelming, it now makes sense to devote as much time as possible to working on ways to slow and mitigate the damage rather than sounding the alarm. Therefore these pages will be left on the Web, but little new information will be added. - Gerry Hawkes ~ February 2006