Beloved Joshua Trees in Danger…

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We pardon the interruption in your regular programming of our feature endangered animal of the month, to bring light to a plant species that is in danger;

The Joshua Tree

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Only found within the Mojave Desert of California, Nevada, Utah, and Arizona, the Joshua Tree has survived since the Pleistocene era, about 2.5 million years -- but now, they are more at risk of extinction than ever.

Since the region where the Joshua Tree is located is so at risk for wildfires, and with the number of wildfires increasing yearly - this poses an imminent threat to the tree's survival. One uncontrollable raging wildfire could wipe this plant species from the planet.

“The Joshua trees are very flammable. They’ll die, and they won’t come back,” says Debra Hughson, chief of science and resource stewardship at the Mojave National Preserve. Read more here.

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Wildfires are not the only threat the Joshua Tree faces --

In a study published in 2019 in Ecosphere, researchers found that the plants could face extinction by 2070 due to climate change. Read more here.

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Even though, the Joshua Tree is not classified under the Endangered Species Act, it is currently being reviewed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Hopefully, this plant species will obtain the protection it needs in order to survive soon. Read more here.

In the meantime, check out this film on The Green Channel:

Climate Crimes by Ulrich Eichelmann

The fight against global warming should save our planet. Instead, it is speeding up the destruction of our nature and biodiversity.

Climate Crimes takes you behind the scenes of destructive energy policies disguised as green solutions to climate change.Yet Climate Crimes is a story of unique landscapes, rare species and of humans living in harmony with nature. It is a film about beauty and threats. Watch now.

Also don't forget to check out our latest release!

Behind the Emerald Curtain by Shane Anderson
Oregon is perceived as a green progressive state but the logging laws lag far behind other states and fail too protect public health and the commons. From toxic herbicides being sprayed on communities and watersheds to iconic rivers being logged off in the past 10 years. Communities and ecosystems are suffering and paying the price as logging companies make record profits.

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