Thursday, 30 April 2009

The Cedars of Lebanon are burning…

Paul Brady wrote a song called "The Island" in 1985 (recently covered by Celtic Thunder in 2008). The first couple of lines of this great song are particularly memorable. They go:

 “They say the skies of Lebanon are burning
Those mighty cedars bleeding in the heat”

It was written about the “troubles” in Northern Ireland but began by referring to the Lebanese civil war (1975-1990).

This recent Reuters video is about how increased numbers of days of excessive heat are stressing these trees by altering their habitat. These symbolic trees can be up to 2000 years old…

Like most things to do with climate change it cannot be definitively proven to be the cause of the death of these trees but, as everybody ought to realise by now, waiting for final proof is idiotic because by the time the final proof is in, it will be far too late to do anything about it and, like in Churchill’s vision in the previous post, we would all be forced into “entering a period of consequences”.

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