So far, the SP&T reporting on this appears to be slightly more balanced than the CO2-centric propaganda offered by NPR on the same subject. But, I am not convinced that the reporting and associated commentary is entirely accurate and objective.
the associated commentary
which I am commenting on here:
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Is the pine beetle “epidemic” “unprecedented in its scope”
and not “the latest iteration of a cyclical natural phenomena”?
If so, where is the proof?
Or is this just more unproven alarmist rhetoric?
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from this source (page 3, Summary):
Misguided forest management policies may (or may not) have resulted in larger absolute quantities of beetle killed trees. But, as a percentage of the overall total? Maybe. Maybe not. Show me the data!
Anybody concerned with the “gradual warming of the Earth’s temperatures” and what impact that may or may not have on the pine beetle issue should note the following per NOAA:
1) 2008, year to date, the mean temperature in the lower 48 was 48.42F.
2) From 1895 to 2008, the average mean temperature in the lower 48 for the same YTD period was slightly HIGHER at 48.47F.
3) The winter of 2007/2008 saw a mean temperature in the lower 48 of 33.18F.
4) From 1895 to 2008, the average mean temperature in the lower 48 for the same winter period was 33.06F (0.12F colder).
Perfectly natural forces result in the climate changing all the time. From 1934 to 1979 we saw a cooling trend. From 1979 to 1998, we saw a warming trend. Since 1998, we’ve been in another cooling trend. All this and more can be verified at this NOAA page.