Someone drew my attention to an article in today’s San Francisco Chronicle: “Global Warming to Keep Animals, Plants On Move.”
The story was about a study from a scientific team from Cal Academy of Sciences, UC Berkeley, and Carnegie Institute of Science, which said that plants and animals will have to move an average of one quarter mile per year, owing to global warming.
“I’m encouraged by [Peter] Fimrite covering this story,” my correspondent added. “Its relevance … might be more clear if the article were introduced with a brief reminder that the destruction of millions of trees all over the Bay Area, releasing tons of sequestered carbon and reducing the capacity to absorb CO2 will accelerate climate change, contributing to the demise of the native plants that nativists are committed to saving. In other words, nativists are shooting themselves in the foot by advocating for the destruction of healthy trees just because they are non-native.”