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About the Author

Gail Zawacki publishes the blog, Wit's End and the website, Dead Trees-Dying Forests. She writes essays about ecosystem damage from pollution, from climate change, resource extraction and population overshoot...AND tries to keep a sense of humor despite the subject matter. The online resources are richly illustrated with photography of nature, both beautiful and damaged. An extensive "library" has links to hundreds of peer-reviewed scientific studies about the effects of ozone on vegetation. The blog is also a meditation on the cognitive dissonance - the emotional and psychological challenges - faced by ordinary people when they become aware that there is a race between converging catastrophes...and our generation has a ringside seat at the finish line.
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  • Paperback: 138 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475189443
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475189445
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,479,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By R. Pauli on May 4, 2012
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We had better learn all we can about ozone, because it is a killer.

Good up high (protects the earth from UV), but bad down low. Ozone in our level of atmosphere (troposphere) is causing BIG harms. A by-product of combustion, and a widely used industrial gas, ozone is a very caustic form of oxygen (O3). The public really first learned how bad at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic games, where the smog was so bad that athletes were crippled by it. If you live in any city and have a sunny day with not much wind, you will probably get a harmful dose - it is an invisible gas but is accompanied by smog - and it will choke your lungs and water your eyes.

For years, author Gail Zawacki has been blogging passionately about the ways ozone causes extensive damage to trees. Her very personal accounts and photographs show the dramatic damage to all plants. Her blog now is one of the more respected resources for tropospheric ozone interactions. With this book she draws heavily on policy and scientific studies of ozone. Humans, and all life forms face a serious problem with ozone.

If you interact with trees - with any life form - animal or vegetable - you will learn how dangerous ozone is - even indirectly. Most agricultural crop production is significantly reduced by ozone exposure. Check it out. You will never be able to look at a tree in the same way.
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By compiling and curating all the research on tree demise, Gail has unearthed a huge wealth of information, that is skillfully contained in this book. Her writing expertise, data, and observations combine to make this a "must read" for anyone concerned about our ecosystems, and therefore, our food supplies.

A Nobel prize is long-past due for this environemntal heroine.
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In the Epic of Gilgamesh, they trick Humbaba, the demon guardian of the forest, and cut down the cedars of Mesopotamia and float the logs down the Euphrates.

Now the forests are being destroyed worldwide, and the whole Earth being made into an arid, dusty Iraq.

Gail documents scientifically just how fast and thorough a Global Tataouine-ing is happening. Better hope those moisture vaporators are for real, and not something George Lucas glued together.
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