Russia is home to one fifth of the world's wild forests. Infuriatingly, they are cutting them all down.
Join me for another segment of SOS from Los Angeles, California as I show the rampant ecocide from Russia to Amazonia.
Earth's champion cold hardy trees, subarctic Siberian larches are almost all gone.
Siberian larch are tall trees reaching in excess of 175 feet. They live in the far north of Russia growing to the very edge of tree growth or the tree-line. They can easily withstand temperatures in excess of minus 60F. They are one of the few conifers that are deciduous. Just before they drop their needles in the fall, they turn golden. It's indeed a breathtaking sight to behold! Photo Credit: etiainen.fi
The 'War Against Nature' is raging across the globe and all life support systems are under siege.
In 2013, deforestation spiked to 5,891 square kilometers or 2,275 square miles. When Amazon forests are looted all life is affected on our planet. The Amazon is crucial for its phenomenal ability to make daily rain clouds, regulating the water cycle providing massive afternoon white cloud surfaces reflecting incoming solar radiation, ameliorating Earth's temperature. Instead, solar radiation now penetrates denuded forest floors all day long, heating them, and in turn heating the atmosphere. Graphic Credit: theguardian.com
Last year, the rate of deforestation in Amazonia, the largest remaining rainforests on the globe, shot up by 29 percent. An area two-thirds the size of Connecticut was mowed down.
Mature trees are the finest carbon dioxide warehouses to have ever evolved on the globe. For every one ton of wood grown, one and a half tons of carbon dioxide is removed from the atmosphere and one ton of oxygen is released. More oxygen is required to sustain 8 billion humans predicted by 2024, yet each day chainsaws mutilate Earth's lungs, its wild forests.
Since 1970, Earth has lost 50 percent of its wildlife to loathsome poachers. Four hundred billion dollars annually in live and dead animal parts including, elephant tusks, rhino horns, sea turtle shells and eggs, sharkfins and supplying dolphins for dolphinariums are being run and profited by organized crime.
Last year an albino dolphin known as Angel was ripped away from her mother and condemned to float in a small, dark cement tank in the Taiji Whale Museum. Photo credit: SeaShepherd.org
Earth Dr Reese Halter rallying the crowd at The Global Elephant, Rhino, Lion March in Los Angeles, California. Photo Credit: In Joy Photography
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