The Root Cause for the Joshua Tree Leaving.

cup-of-joeU2, meet Nostradamus. Nostradamus, this is U2. You remember Nostradamus, the French guy who told Josephine to beware of small men with big ideas and made other wacky predictions that were so cryptic that no one could really tell what the hell he was talking about. Know any lead singers like that? (Where exactly is your blue room?).

Well, apparently something U2 said figuratively a quarter of a century ago is coming into fruition. You recall that infamous, “Four guys chopping down the Joshua Tree” bit that Bono uttered referring to the new sound of Achtung Baby, well apparently the literal has overtaken the figurative and the infamous Joshua Trees are dying. Only this time, it’s not 4 guys with axes (that’s just a heart attack in the making), it’s Mother Nature that has the axe to grind. The root cause of the tree “leaving” is drought. U2 take note. You see, in the howling wind, comes a stinging rain, unless you live in a DESERT! According to ecologist Ken Cole, the Joshua Trees haven’t had a hit of water in years, are you listening Bono?

Climate change has also been to blame for the demise of these classics. U2 meet social media. Each year, many U2 fans branch out and make the long trek out to no man’s land, stare at the sun in 100+ temperatures and hurdle the scorpions on the ground beneath their feet to… to…to…why is it they go out there again? Oh yeah, to feel the spiritual connection that U2 felt, but most of the wanderers walk away with a third degree sunburn, heat exhaustion, and a scorpion bite on their Billy Boola. Van Dieman’s Land is Club Med compared to America’s southwest.

Anyway, dreaming beneath the desert sky are what these trees have been doing for centuries, but now it appears their dream is turning into a nightmare and they’re one step closer to extinction, unless something drastically changes and quick. Some scientists predict that 90% of the trees will be gone (Hutch, hear me) sorry, by the year 2100, just in time for the release of U2′s 14th studio album.

Also, according to Cole, “Joshua trees are only pollinated by the yucca moth, which, in turn, produces larvae that only eat the plant’s seeds. A Nature Conservancy study has found that the moth can’t survive in warmer temperatures, which spells doom for Joshua trees.” Can’t you give a moth butterfly kisses or mouth to moth resuscitation? Interestingly enough, the trees at higher elevations, which are moister and cooler, seem to be weathering the storm. Apparently shadows and tall Joshua trees have a better chance of survival the higher they go.

So, what does this all mean for U2 fans journeying to the land of silver and golden hot sand dunes? It’s f*cking hot in the desert. You want to help the Joshua Tree, stay home. The last thing the trees need are some U2 tree hugging fans with their cameras out there trouncing through their ecosystems. Of course, a lot of rain could help, as well.

http://www.takepart.com/article/2014/06/03/thanks-climate-change-iconic-national-park-could-become-tree-free

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    joepit
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    U2, meet Nostradamus. Nostradamus, this is U2. You remember Nostradamus, the French guy who told Josephine to beware of small men with big ideas and m
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    Pam
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    Very thoughtful post, Joe. Thanks for raising some awareness of a really serious issue. Unfortunately, the climate change results in periods of long dryness alternating with severe rain. The constant warming has a negative effect on nature and it´s sad that even the survival of the Joshua trees is endangered now. Those trees look so beautiful and for me their archaic forms symbolise life under difficult conditions. I truly hope it´s still early enough to prevent permanent damage of our planet earth by handling our resources carefully and reducing the output of carbon dioxide.

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    joepit
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    “whether” or not Pam, we all have a responsibility here. Hopefully, it’s not too late.

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    Pam
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    It´s true that we all have a responsibility, Joe. I can only try to protect nature in my own small way. My garden with trees and a pond offers some natural space for flowers, butterflies and other insects, I try not to waste water and electricity, plastic and paper get recycled. But when I travel my long way to work I´m dependent on my car (that causes carbon dioxide), because in the countryside there are not enough train connections.

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    joepit
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    You’re doing your share Pam.

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    alma
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    I had missed this post of yours, Joe. I’m traipsing through your previous blogs to give them thumbs up. I happened upon this one that I hadn’t read b4. It’s heartbreaking! At least I feel educated now. I knew about climate change, of course – but that it would affect the Joshua trees – that it already is starting to affect them? I hadn’t heard.
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    Seriously, if I lived out there – and if it would be legal – I’d create a ‘Save The Joshua Trees’ organization & it would adopt a specific handful of the trees. We’d lay a plaque down on the ground explaining that they’re adopted – explaining the program (laying on the ground – so as not to mar the view w/a sign on a post). There would be a scientifically-approved schedule of tree-watering that we would carry out! Dedicated individuals would sign up for it each season. One or 2 people would commit to checking on the trees to be sure they’re getting watered. I’m not kidding. There should be enough U2 fans – and fans of nature. But hey, I don’t happen to live out there. Glad to hear about the trees at higher elevations.

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    Leeny
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    Sorry Joe, but Jim and I already have plans to make thee JT pilgrimage someday. Wanna join us? :)

    #9526

    joepit
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    If it involves a stop over in Vegas, yes! ;)

    #9529

    Leeny
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    That was the plan…fly to Vegas, book a hotel room 28 miles outside the city and commute by bus.

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