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Drought Watch, September 2003 (english)
05 Sep 2003
Modified: 05:29:22 PM
Graphics and Satellite Images of the worsening drought conditions in the mountains and forests of Western North America.

Drought Watch, September 2003

Drought Monitor, September 2, 2003

Drought conditions have been persistent in the Western half of the American continent with the pattern emerging in the late 90s, and steadily worsening since. The drought in the East has alleviated. The legend for the drought monitor - Yellow = unusually dry; light brown = drought; Dark brown = severe; Red = extreme; and black = exceptional.

The Current Drought Impact GraphLegend - red signifies drought, yellow signifies 'drought watch, green indicates a drought recovery area, and brown signifies an area classified as drought stricken which has not yet been classified as a drought area by the government.

Vegetation health map, September 2, 2003
On this graphic the greener the colors, the healthier the vegetation, and yellows and reds indicate increasingly worse conditions. The worst drought conditions are in the western Rockies, and in the national Forest regions, as well as on the western agricultural plains.

Visible Satellite Image, August 21, 2003

On the satellite image the effects of the drought can be clearly seen. There is a distinct boundary between the dark areas to the east, with healthy vegetation, and the pale colored area covering the drought stricken west. The drought has been building in severity for years, and it goes without saying that while trees have deep roots, and thus can tap ground water sources and withstand drought for some time, nevertheless, the Western Forests of the United States are under increasing stress, and this might explain the White House 'healthy forest initiative' (a misnomer if there ever was one). Given the severity of the conditions over the last few years, American forests seem destined to burn to the ground if these conditions persist, and 'thinning the forest' is not a solution, given the huge expanse of this unhealthy eco-system, visible on both the graphics, as well as from space. On the negative side, American forests are part of the lungs of the planet, but if it should prove to be the case that these forests are doomed to burn to a cinder, on the 'positive side', it should end any debate about 'global warming' and it also might cause Americans to rethink whether it was wise to drive SUVs and practice unrestricted consumption.

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the unhealthy forests initiative (english)
05 Sep 2003
you know, every time I write an article, I always think of something I wish I would have said...

Now we know that the White House is promoting the 'healthy forest initiative, and everyone is suspicious that this is just because they want to give away the forests to the big timber companies.

But as you can tell by looking at the graphic images above, the sudden interest by the white house in 'healthy forests' is a little more complex than this simple explanation would suggest. You see, you have an unhealthy forest problem, and the White knows this, which is why they are suddenly so interested in trees. Of course, they will not talk about how unhealthy the forests are right now, since that would bring up that nasty talk about 'global warming', so, given the principle that every government policy should be given an Orwellian sounding name, the problem with the dangerous conditions developing in America's unhealthy forests must be dealt with by giving it the Orwellian name 'the healthy forest iniititiave, and if activists want to complain about 'sell out to logging' well that's better than talking frankly about the dangerously unhealthy forest conditions, and thus getting people talking about that global warming, especially when Americans have plans to burn all the oil in Iraq (did you know that Iraqi oil is unique, in that it can be pumped out for about one dollar a barrel, making it just incredibly profitable...its an anomoly of well this is light sweet crude so it is also real desirable and profitiable from a refiners point of view...the best of all worlds...of course with America's unhealthy forests moving dangerously close to burning to a crisp, one must wonder about those plans to burn up Iraq's highly profitiable oil, or one might wonder, if one knew all the details behind that Orwellian 'healthy forests initiative, now that the white house has taken such a sudden interest in 'healthy trees' (healthy trees being something you don't have right now., thus the sudden interest in healthy trees...just thought I would drive the point home...)