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California’s Coastal Redwoods May Be Threatened by Vanishing Fog
Date:10/1/2013

Grants Pass, OR (PRWEB) October 01, 2013

In 2010, a Scientific American article by Michael Tennesen reported that recent declines in coastal fog could endanger California’s beloved coastal redwoods, including the world’s tallest tree (Dec. 9; “Fog that Nourishes California Redwoods Is Declining”). In 2013, a Los Angeles Times article by Bettina Boxall reported that in fact, the coastal redwoods are in the mist of a growth spurt (Aug. 14; “Climate change may be speeding sequoia growth”). Water researcher and radio commentator Sharon Kleyne recently entered the controversy with a warning to wait until all data is in before jumping to conclusions or making dire prediction.

Sharon Kleyne is Founder of Bio Logic Aqua Research, a water and health research and product development center. Natures Tears® EyeMist® is the company’s global signature product for dry eye and dry facial skin. As part of an ongoing commitment to educating the public about water and health, Kleyne hosts the globally syndicated Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water® radio show on VoiceAmerica and Apple iTunes.

The Scientific American article noted that redwoods receive approximately 35% of the water required for summer growth from the condensation and drip from fog. The article noted that the amount of fog has been declining in recent years, possibly due to a long-term warming trend. In many redwood stands, the article reports, many of the largest trees are in the process of dying from the top down.

Kleyne’s own investigation notes that most of California’s coastal redwoods are in protected stands with harvesting and fire excluded. The apparent die-back, Kleyne suggests, may simply be due to the fact that these are old growth stands whose largest trees are reaching their maximum growth.

The Los Angeles Times article reports that the growth spurt has been going on for several decades and includes giant sequoias in the Si
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