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  •  Yes, but if the tree comes down in a storm and (34+ / 0-)

    crushes you, it is hard to breath in that oxygen.  Sensible to take down potentially hazardous trees.  I live where we have hundred mile an hour wind two or three times a year.  

    So glad to hear that Shell is out.

    "The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe it." Neil deGrasse Tyson

    by pvasileff on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 02:38:30 PM PST

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    •  it's wrenching to take down this tree (16+ / 0-)

      but 3 mighty oaks went down in this neighborhood during Sandy, and a lot of roofs are shattered.
      we're starting to get the same kind of storms that you seem to be having.

      •  ugh. (7+ / 0-)

        the people in on my street freaked out when we had sandy.
        yes - some trees came down.
        so these five houses tortured us with the sounds of massive machines taking down gorgeous, healthy, majestic beautiful healthy trees that did not come down in sandy.
        but they are scared now so they are making my street look like some city street - concrete and houses. it's disgusting.
        it's ugly. it looks horrible. it's heartbreaking to hear and see.  i ran out to the nursery to pick out treets that we will plant in protest the next week.
        i was crying.
        it looks so ugly - you can't keep cutting down majestic trees because of what you are afraid is going to happen.
        that's ridiculous - more storms will happen, but they won't be like this one. and you can't massacre majestic trees thinking it might when it might not.
        not to mentions its bad for the air, birds and other wildlife.

        i can't wait to move out of this neighborhood, and go find a town with tree lined streets.
        i mean is this is? live in a barren treeless world terrified of them coming down?
        do what you have to do. just please don't let me move anywhere near you.

        We consume the carcasses of creatures of like appetites, passions and organs with our own, and fill the slaughterhouses daily with screams of pain and fear. Robert Louis Stevenson

        by Christin on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 07:11:33 PM PST

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        •  Plant new trees --that's right. But plant smaller (11+ / 0-)

          trees near the houses, if you're now in  an area that's going to get repeated high-wind storms. Small fruit trees, maybe.  Dogwoods.  Smaller conifers.  Plant an oak in the back of the yard, if you have the room -- where if it comes down it won't crush the roof.  Plant oaks in the parks.  Make room for green space, and keep it green.  But don't deny the reality of storms like we haven't seen before.  They're here to stay for quite a while.  Or if we don't make the needed changes, forever.  And they'll get worse.

          We've brought climate change on ourselves and now we have to live with it.  We don't have to stop loving trees or tending the land -- we have to do more of that!  But we also have to accept that our patterns will have th change,and sometimes that will be painful.  

          It grieves me so much, the destruction that's going to hit the East coast in the next 30 years.  From now until the day I die, I'll be grieving for what's being lost.  The beaches, the wetlands, the woodlands, the birds.  God, the birds.  And the cities.  And the beloved towns.

          But we can't be ruled by that grief.  We have to keep loving and tending and rebuilding and renewing, so that we save all we can.  There's much that can be repaired, and renewed, if we act in time.  That's a big part of what our lives need to be about from now on.

          --------------------- “These are troubling times. Corporation are treated like people. People are treated like things. …And if we ever needed to vote, we sure do need to vote now.” -- Rev. Dr. William J. Barber

          by Fiona West on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 07:55:40 PM PST

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        •  Do what people in hurricane prone places do (2+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          Amber6541, Nance

          Plant trees that are more flexible, and lots and lots of smaller trees/bushes/plants that flower year after year.

          There is a reason Florida got its name. It used to be covered with all kinds of flowers.

          Would a Banyan tree grow there?

          Women create the entire labor force. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sympathy is the strongest instinct in human nature. - Charles Darwin

          by splashy on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 09:04:29 PM PST

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      •  Great News! (6+ / 0-)

        Rec'd and tipped.

        One down and many more to go. ie Mountaintop Removal, Strip And Longwall Mining, Gas Fracking, An American Tragedy!

        tar sands xl pipeline Global Climate Crime!

        Brought To You By That Crazed Sociologist/Media Fanatic rebel ga Be The Change You Want To See In The World! Gandhi

        by rebel ga on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 11:08:59 PM PST

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