In an ironic twist a memorial tree planted in Los Angeles to honor the contribution and humanity of former Beatle George Harrison, has been lost to insects which are proliferating due to climate change.
Yes, the George Harrison Tree was killed by beetles.
Except for the loss of tree life, Harrison likely would have been amused at the irony. He once said his biggest break in life was getting into the Beatles; his second biggest was getting out.We will hear more about the loss of memorials and landmarks as the extreme effects of climate warming advances. Whether due to rising seas, drought, high temperatures or flood, climate change will leave a profound impact on our civilization.
The sapling went in, unobtrusively, near the observatory with a small plaque at the base to commemorate the former Beatle, who died in 2001, because he spent his final days in Los Angeles and because he was an avid gardener for much of his adult life.
The Harrison tree was a Cayman Islands Pine, and bark beetles love pine and bark beetles love it hot. Fewer cold snaps mean fewer beetle die-offs, but even more frighteningly, warmer temperatures may be speeding up the beetles reproductive cycle, triggering a massive increase in the beetle population.