Archive for September 14th, 2010

Bedbugs and Beetles Not The Only Warmer Weather Insects Biting

posted by Jael Ever @ 16:30 PM
September 14, 2010

Bedbugs attacking America’s cities.  Beetles stealing food from bears.  What is going on?  Prompted by Global Warming, insects increasingly swarm over the nation.  Others of these pesky insects are joining Global Warming to attack the nation’s trees.  And like other aspects of Global Warming, no one seems to take the issue seriously enough to do something about it on a national level.

  Beth Daley of the Boston Globe points out that a walk through Martha’s Vineyard will show 500 acres of dead oak trees.  Their demise started in 2007 with an island-wide infestation of thousands of caterpillars.  Then severe summer droughts finished killing the trees that the bugs had weakened.  The vast endless sight of dead trees alarmed David Foster, a Harvard ecologist:  “I have never seen anything like what has happened on Martha’s Vineyard in New England . . . .
usually you walk through forests and see some dead trees, but here, it’s hundreds of acres and almost all of the trees in it are dead.’’

 Another type of bug, called the ‘hemlock woolly adelgid’ and hailing from Japan, has also successfully attacked hemlock trees in the Great Smoky Mountains, the Shennandoah National Park and along the Blue Ridge Parkway.  These ferocious bugs are rapidly moving through New England and the Mid-Atlantic states.  And they have left 80 percent of the trees dead in their wake.  Aspens are dying in droves in Colorado, and pine beetles viciously attack Alaska’s forests.  The list goes on and on.

 In the past decade, in order to facilitate logging operations, government agencies had done little to supervise the health of trees across the country.  Now that they are getting involved, it may be too late to bring tree harvests back to life.  This site will have more on the life and death of the nation’s trees in future blogs.

 However, it is urgently noted that trees are Biblical symbols for kingdoms.  For example, obviously Scripture does not go into such detail just to speak of trees:  “And all the trees of the field shall know that I the LORD have brought down the high tree, have exalted the low tree, have dried up the green tree, and have made the dry tree to flourish: I the LORD have spoken and have done it” (Ezekiel 17: 24).  Dying trees are also symbols of pending judgment.  Over 50 verses in  Deuteronomy 28 illustrate judgment against a nation that has fallen away from God:  “All thy trees and fruit of thy land shall the locust [i.e. also an insect] consume” (28: 42).  Witnessing by wearing wholesale Christian tee shirts is one way to urge a nation to read nature’s signs, such as dying trees, and to turn to God.  And telling people about all that Jesus has done for this country is another.

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