More tree, yes. Weaker, more prone to bending and
breaking. Not such good timber. And of course they had
planted fast growing species. Hadn't they?<br><br>Plant
physiology, yes. The first thing that occurs to me is that in
the increased heat the plants will have to open their
stoma more to release heat in the form of water vapour.
Which means the transpiration pull will be greater...
of course if the water is not available they will
lapse into temporary wilt, and photosynthesis will
cease. Plants are quite sensitive to heat. Even with
abundant water they can sometimes wilt if they can't cool
their leaves enough. Particularly in dry air. They need
to do the constant transpiration thing. Like a
pump.<br><br>Then, you have the carbon cycle. Plants make
carbohydrate... then they die... leaves fall etc. These release
carbon. And so the cycle continues. But the carbon that
has been 'locked' in the earth for millennia (or
thereabouts) is being released... the fossil fuels. Fossilised
carbon. Carboniferous. Which is interfering with the
global carbon cycle. Is it not? <br><br>At night plants
release CO2. They still respire, they just don't
photosynthesise. There is a process that occurs in the dark to do
with starch, but it is not relevant here,
perhaps.<br><br>Have they figured out whether the dieback in European
forests was because of acid rain (darn, it's those fossil
fuels again) or low level ozone (darn, it's those
petrol driven cars again)?<br><br>Water use. Yes. Now,
if there are more storms, there will be inundations,
incidentally, how's Central America doing after their flooding?
They got the coffee fields sorted out? Or the banana
plantations. In the UK, after the flooding in Dec, I don't
know when they'll be able to sow a crop. The ground
will have been under water for six weeks. Will trees
survive that? They don't like their feet permanently in
water. Cuts off oxygen to the roots. And evergreens
don't like having their light cut off by silt and mud.
And the erosion... all the moisture holding
topsoil...tsk, tsk. Still, they've got the pumps going,
providing employment, you see. The farm labourers had to be
laid off, though. Like the banana plantation workers.
Who is Tippy Dole? Isn't Dole one of your politicians