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(Nature)   Scientists say all forests on Earth will be clear cut within 100-200 years. The good news is, civilization will collapse in only 20-40 years, so the trees should be safe   (nature.com) divider line
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2020-07-29 10:41:02 AM  
20 votes:
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2020-07-29 11:27:30 AM  
18 votes:
Stop producing crotch fruit.
 
2020-07-29 10:55:36 AM  
17 votes:
Gee, I wonder why.

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Population in red, space for them to live in blue.
 
2020-07-29 11:42:57 AM  
10 votes:
Forestation minimum in the US was around 1920, at 721,000,000 acres. Population : 106,000,000

Forestation now is 766,000,000 acres. Population : 330,000,000

Call me skeptical.
 
2020-07-29 11:28:06 AM  
9 votes:

great_tigers: Stop producing crotch fruit.


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2020-07-29 12:01:53 PM  
5 votes:
Unless you are a teenager, you
probably read in your high school textbooks that these extinctions were
the result of asteroids. In fact, all but the one that killed the dinosaurs
involved climate change produced by greenhouse gas. The most notorious
was 250 million years ago; it began when carbon dioxide warmed the
planet by five degrees Celsius, accelerated when that warming triggered
the release of methane, another greenhouse gas, and ended with all but a
sliver of life on Earth dead. We are currently adding carbon to the
atmosphere at a considerably faster rate; by most estimates, at least ten
times faster. The rate is one hundred times faster than at any point in
human history before the beginning of industrialization. And there is
already, right now, fully a third more carbon in the atmosphere than at
any point in the last 800,000 years-perhaps in as long as 15 million
years. There were no humans then. The oceans were more than a
hundred feet higher.

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2020-07-29 11:30:57 AM  
5 votes:

Rapmaster2000: great_tigers: Stop producing crotch fruit.

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Europe and North America are the two locations that have a net loss for child birth as of late. All other areas are producing on average over two children per woman.
 
2020-07-29 11:27:56 AM  
5 votes:

MrBallou: Gee, I wonder why.

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Population in red, space for them to live in blue.


Queue some idiot spewing "well you can fit everyone on earth on Ireland so there" or some such BS.
 
2020-07-29 11:30:07 AM  
4 votes:
I've seen that show.

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Everything will be fine.

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2020-07-29 11:29:32 AM  
4 votes:
Wait until the fungi and the trees realize their common purpose, and common enemy.  There are more kinds of fungi than stars on a summer night.  Bacteria and virus are just the appetizer when it comes to the menu of infections.
 
2020-07-29 11:18:48 AM  
4 votes:
Scientists say all forests on Earth will be clear cut within 100-200 years.

With a better work ethic it can be done sooner.
 
2020-07-29 10:50:58 AM  
4 votes:
i have known this for years. that's why i party like every day is my last.
 
2020-07-29 1:29:07 PM  
3 votes:

gretzkyscores: Environmentalists long ago abandoned reality and objective facts in favor of pushing fear as a means of gaining control and pushing their nihilistic and misanthropic agenda.


True. I am very tired of living under decades of Green Party rule here in America.
 
2020-07-29 12:37:16 PM  
3 votes:
Climate alarmist bullshiat like this does nothing to actually help or address the issue.  Likely this "model" or reporting is the ~1%>X chance of occurrence.
 
Juc
2020-07-29 12:14:02 PM  
3 votes:
around here when they cut they replant. and the tree line's going further north.

I'm not saying it's good, but the loggers want the trees to exist too, it's not really a zero sum game to look after forests.
 
2020-07-29 11:30:58 AM  
3 votes:
I have met quite a few scientists in the past 60 years.
Most of them are shaking their head as we read stories like this.
Nearly none of them deal exclusively in if/then statements without constant update and review (flow chart) thinking.

Relax.
 
2020-07-29 11:29:51 AM  
3 votes:
Oh I bet it will be sooner than that. Most tree growing areas have been logged 2-3 times in the last 200 years. Somehow we still have lots of trees.
 
2020-07-29 11:23:41 AM  
3 votes:
Am I the only one who thinks this is a good idea?

I know many of you think we need trees around in case we get chased by a bear but guess what idiot those farkers can climb trees. Get rid of them and grow up.
 
2020-07-29 10:28:58 AM  
3 votes:
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2020-07-29 3:36:35 PM  
2 votes:

great_tigers: Stop producing crotch fruit.


Says someone's crotch fruit
 
2020-07-29 2:34:37 PM  
2 votes:

Dusk-You-n-Me: gretzkyscores: Environmentalists long ago abandoned reality and objective facts in favor of pushing fear as a means of gaining control and pushing their nihilistic and misanthropic agenda.

True. I am very tired of living under decades of Green Party rule here in America.


That's hysterical. Great satire.
 
2020-07-29 1:22:34 PM  
2 votes:

SanityIsAFullTimeJob: Forestation minimum in the US was around 1920, at 721,000,000 acres. Population : 106,000,000

Forestation now is 766,000,000 acres. Population : 330,000,000

Call me skeptical.


Environmentalists long ago abandoned reality and objective facts in favor of pushing fear as a means of gaining control and pushing their nihilistic and misanthropic agenda. Pretty much every breathless prediction of doom and death isn't just wrong, it's spectacularly wrong and unlikely to come true at any point during the next 1000 years.

Which, of course, just makes them even madder.

They can be safely ignored.
 
2020-07-29 12:41:48 PM  
2 votes:

SanityIsAFullTimeJob: Forestation minimum in the US was around 1920, at 721,000,000 acres. Population : 106,000,000

Forestation now is 766,000,000 acres. Population : 330,000,000

Call me skeptical.


It is grasslands and healthy old growth at risk. Current reforestation techniques are unsustainable and potentially economically unviable - we treat the forests like crops and plant monocultures. Prone to disease, fire and pests. See: pine beetle, and the next one coming at you is the spruce beetle.

Grasslands on the other hand need fire to maintain themselves, but Smoky the Bear has done more damage to forests and grasslands than all mining and forestry operations combined. Fire is good and desirable.

Unless you run a logging company. So there we are.

/is a firefighter
//In Canada, but similar problems
///slashies come in threes?
 
2020-07-29 12:33:14 PM  
2 votes:

SanityIsAFullTimeJob: Forestation minimum in the US was around 1920, at 721,000,000 acres. Population : 106,000,000

Forestation now is 766,000,000 acres. Population : 330,000,000

Call me skeptical.


The problem is, US forests only constitute a small fraction of all forests in the world, so the fact we are actually preserving our forests pales in comparison to the outright level of forest destruction going on in other parts of the world, like Brazil.
 
2020-07-29 11:41:46 AM  
2 votes:

great_tigers: Stop producing crotch fruit.


The preferred term is "crotch goblins." Calling them "fruit" makes them seem benign.

/of course we can't just crash world population in a single generation
//but we could in fact formulate a workable plan to have fewer people
///but that would require actual thought, and corporations losing revenue in the short term, so no chance
 
2020-07-29 11:37:51 AM  
2 votes:

Evil Mackerel: great_tigers: Stop producing crotch fruit.

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We could drastically reduce the population and our over-consumption would still be the problem, not more people doing it.
 
2020-07-29 11:37:09 AM  
2 votes:

BitwiseShift: Wait until the fungi and the trees realize their common purpose, and common enemy.  There are more kinds of fungi than stars on a summer night.  Bacteria and virus are just the appetizer when it comes to the menu of infections.


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2020-07-29 11:32:59 AM  
2 votes:
We conquered the magic, we counted the stars
Deciphered the clockwork, enacted this farce
Devoured by shadows, we cling to the light
Deluded by wisdom, the bringer of night,Now and for always, a perpetual rise
A followed illusion,Your zenith fades into eternity
 
2020-07-29 11:29:42 AM  
2 votes:
There's a nut in my office who always counters with "trees are a renewable resource"  every time it gets pointed out that clearcutting is bad forest management.
 
2020-07-30 6:37:24 AM  
1 vote:
AT THE CURRENT RATE.

Has anyone ever looked down when flying over northern Canada or Newfoundland. And imagined putting a road there simply to cut wood?  In 50 years the cost of the fuel to retrieve the wood will be greater than the cost of synthetics made from faster growing sources of cellulose.
 
2020-07-29 7:28:23 PM  
1 vote:

wax_on: Oh I bet it will be sooner than that. Most tree growing areas have been logged 2-3 times in the last 200 years. Somehow we still have lots of trees.


Clear cutting is bad in many ways.Yes, you can replant them, and make trees on farms, or just replant them. But every time you clear cut (the easiest and cheapest way to harvest wood) you screw up the top cover for soil for at least 1 year. Soil takes 500 to 1000 years for an inch. If you clear cut the entire world every harvest cycle of 20 years, you could conceivably lose all the soil before that 1 inch would recover.
 
2020-07-29 5:17:57 PM  
1 vote:

Guildmaster: They promote and condone terrorist acts.


They who? This ain't the '70s.

If you're concerned about terror, I think the leader of the free world labeling climate change a hoax, doubling down on coal, gutting the EPA allowing corps to further pollute our air and water, while refusing to take any action whatsoever in a scenario where ever single day that we don't ensures the suffering and death of millions of people not only in his country but all over the world -- more harm than any single terrorist group could dream of inflicting -- is itself pretty damn terrifying.
 
2020-07-29 5:09:09 PM  
1 vote:

Dusk-You-n-Me: gretzkyscores: Environmentalists long ago abandoned reality and objective facts in favor of pushing fear as a means of gaining control and pushing their nihilistic and misanthropic agenda.

True. I am very tired of living under decades of Green Party rule here in America.


The reason they never made much headway is because they exactly did what Gretzky says. The environmental movement got hijacked by its extremists. They held back nuclear and let us keep burning fossil fuels for another 40 years longer than we should have.

They promote and condone terrorist acts. They pretend that neither water nor wood are reusable resources. They keep quoting Malthusian doomsaying bullshiat because they don't know the difference between a model and data.
 
2020-07-29 2:37:55 PM  
1 vote:

whitroth: Dusk-You-n-Me: gretzkyscores: Environmentalists long ago abandoned reality and objective facts in favor of pushing fear as a means of gaining control and pushing their nihilistic and misanthropic agenda.

True. I am very tired of living under decades of Green Party rule here in America.

That's hysterical. Great satire.


Thank you. Glad someone got it.
 
2020-07-29 2:29:49 PM  
1 vote:
But, when nature gives ya'll a perfect way to reduce the world population a considerable amount, you go crazy trying to stop it and tell people they have to stay home and wear a mask, thereby saving the eldest, most energy intensive population that we would do well to lose post haste.

Nature provided us with an out and we shoved it back in her face.

+1 for nuclear rain. The sooner, the better.
 
2020-07-29 1:43:50 PM  
1 vote:
All the old growth will be gone and we will just have trees 100-200 years old that we planted after harvesting the wood originally eternal and immortal
 
2020-07-29 1:22:07 PM  
1 vote:

whidbey: hej: whidbey: Evil Mackerel: great_tigers: Stop producing crotch fruit.

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We could drastically reduce the population and our over-consumption would still be the problem, not more people doing it.

The two aren't mutually exclusive, and improving on either would help the situation.

It really is about consumption, though.    Fewer people using too many resources isn't a solution, either.


Nature is doing that now with Covid....
 
2020-07-29 12:54:36 PM  
1 vote:

whidbey: 1funguy: I have met quite a few scientists in the past 60 years.
Most of them are shaking their head as we read stories like this.
Nearly none of them deal exclusively in if/then statements without constant update and review (flow chart) thinking.

Relax.

Cool story, Flat Earther.


Well I'll tell you what! I'll just meet you here in 200 years so you can apologize to me. How's that?
 
2020-07-29 12:27:43 PM  
1 vote:
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2020-07-29 12:25:42 PM  
1 vote:

DON.MAC: Forest in Australia tend to lose 5 to 10% of capacity with every burn or logging cycle due to dryer conditions.  The total tonnage of trees per acre is going down and has been for at least 50,000 years.


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2020-07-29 12:10:34 PM  
1 vote:
Forest in Australia tend to lose 5 to 10% of capacity with every burn or logging cycle due to dryer conditions.  The total tonnage of trees per acre is going down and has been for at least 50,000 years.
 
2020-07-29 11:41:52 AM  
1 vote:
People will be equal with hatchet, ax, and saw.
 
2020-07-29 11:38:30 AM  
1 vote:

maxandgrinch: Chatter on the Wood Wide Web is frightening, the trees will be fighting back any day now.  Some rogue trees took out a power line inspection helicopter in NorCal about a month ago.

Cool book if you have nothing else to do or are just a curious person.


Thanks for the suggestion, I just ordered a copy.
 
2020-07-29 11:35:53 AM  
1 vote:
I hope they dont use all the trees to make paper for rich people to send old timey letters back and forth congratulating each other on getting their teenage androids pregnant. I think they should save a little to make wooden guns so that way when aliens come to enslave humanity we can say "Hey I guess youll be wanting our guns before you put us in your zoo or whatever" and when they try to shoot one of us to show they mean business we can all have a good laugh together.
 
2020-07-29 11:34:12 AM  
1 vote:

great_tigers: Rapmaster2000: great_tigers: Stop producing crotch fruit.

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Europe and North America are the two locations that have a net loss for child birth as of late. All other areas are producing on average over two children per woman.


And the trend line is?
 
2020-07-29 11:32:35 AM  
1 vote:

great_tigers: Stop producing crotch fruit.


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2020-07-29 11:30:50 AM  
1 vote:
The look on the guys face that cuts down the last tree when he it dawns on him he's out of a job.
 
2020-07-29 11:29:04 AM  
1 vote:

Rapmaster2000: great_tigers: Stop producing crotch fruit.

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It's a start.
 
2020-07-29 11:24:09 AM  
1 vote:
how can this be when my search engine plants 28gabrillion trees a year paid for by my super valuable searches?
 
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