It is no longer a secret now, climate change is a reality of our times. It is not just a speculation or a prediction but something that has landed on this planet years ago. People these days struggle in adjusting to the erratic weather and seasons that aren’t what they used to be, so it is everyone’s responsibility to educate themselves about climate change and what else we can do to prevent it from worsening. We have no choice, after all. This is the only planet we call home and we can’t just give up now when we haven’t exhausted all means yet to preserve what we still have.

Changes are happening everywhere. Not only are weather systems changing but so is the world’s natural landscape. What’s worse is that ancient trees that have been around for centuries are dying and there is little hope that we can save them. It is such a shame that irresponsible human activities and the improper use of natural resources left us with a planet that is on the brink of extinction and we only have ourselves to blame. You may already complain about the minor inconveniences we have to endure because of climate change and all but you’ll be surprised to the major changes happening in different parts of the globe that aren’t always seen by the public. In reality, trees are dying or have already died without us knowing.

New research shows that 2,000-year-old baobab trees are suddenly dying. New trees won’t have a chance, either.

Some of the world’s oldest trees are suddenly dying. New research published this week reveals that nine of the 13 oldest baobab trees in the world—some dating back to 2,000 years or more—are dying or have recently died.

Why are these magnificent, ancient trees suddenly perishing? Two words: climate change.

It turns out that rainfall patterns in Africa, where all baobab trees can be found, have completely changed as a result of global warming. Since towering baobab trees require and often store enormous amounts of water, this has put them into a dangerous situation at critical times of their annual cycle. As lead researcher Adrian Patrut told Ed Yong at The Atlantic, “If they don’t have enough rain when they flush their leaves or produce their flowers, they die.”


Trees take time to grow big and tall. Even the trees in the wild take years to become formidable fortresses in the forest. If these ancient trees keep on dying because of the amount of stress they have to endure from all the elements. Progress keeps eating up their space that not only are they displaced but they end up fighting over the limited resources. Droughts are far too common now. Many bodies of water have now dried up. Rainfall patterns are changing and it becomes doubly hard for them to even survive.

He found that 73 percent of tree species have experienced a westward shift while 62 percent have experienced a poleward shift. It appears that the shifts are largely associated with changes in moisture availability. The shifts are also associated with species that have similar traits (drought tolerance, wood density, and seed weight) and evolutionary histories, such as deciduous vs. evergreen species. The results suggest that changes in moisture availability have stronger near-term impacts on forest dynamics than do changes in temperature.


Experts now claim that trees grow in the direction of the west and not to the poles as the experts have earlier predicted. It is not always easy predicting why these changes happen because various factors affect trees’ survival. Rainfall, temperature, weather systems, and natural disasters among others all have an effect on the delicate forest ecosystem. The heat can also be just as disastrous with bushfires burning down hectares after hectares of trees and plants aside from making it hard for new trees to grow once more in its wake. We don’t always see these changes because we rarely go to these places and all that matters to us are our superficial lives.

As crucial as they are to the planet, there are instances when it makes more sense to have trees cut down. Trees that have fallen down especially in the wake of a disaster that ends up blocking the road or destroying properties must be removed. Let the experts like take care of it so as not to harm anyone or anything close by. Once removed, you can plant a new one to take its place.