Debunked: Lichens and Moss on Trees Caused by Chemtrails

JFDee

Senior Member.
The following posting has shown up recently on Twitter, containing photos of trees partly covered with moss and lichen. The claim is that 'chemtrails' are the cause of this, and the implied subtext is that these things are in some way harmful.

No reference or reason is given for these assumptions.


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This claim is bunk.

Lichens are - quite on the contrary - well-researched indicators for good air quality. They are regularly used in science as bio-indicators for air quality monitoring; specific lichen varieties react in certain ways to specific pollutants. Most are affected negatively by sulphur dioxide which is one of the most discussed substances for use in proposed 'geoengineering' measures (solar radiation management).

Moss on tree bark indicates a humid environment. Like lichens, it does not affect the health of a tree. On the other hand, both may be indicators that a tree is in bad health, so cause and effect may be misattributed by laymen.

In a nutshell: be glad if you find lichen on the trees in your area.
Also, SRM by stratospheric sulphur injection would at some point keep lichens from growing.


Here is what the Royal Horticultural Society in GB has to say (my emphasis):
https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=411


This is from a paper about lichens as bio-indicators from the Forest Service of the US Department of Agriculture, page 4:
http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/29523 (full paper available)
 

Leifer

Senior Member.
I've seen several YT vids, by average citizens, claiming that lichens and mosses are unusual.
But these conclusions are mostly from people that have never examined their trees closely or previously.....don't know about local nature, and who may not have adequate search skills for discerning what has been a natural occurrence for thousands of years.
(or they are spamming for Youtube "likes")
 

Leifer

Senior Member.
The best area in California for lichen and tree moss is Petaluma, where it can almost overtake the local oak tree population.....and it is visually, very beautiful....
Most semi-coastal areas of the west......and actually, over most of the non-dry US.
 

MikeG

Senior Member.
It also looks like moss is a good way to track the appearance of metals in nature.

I found a pretty interesting report published by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Heavy metals and nitrogen in mosses: spatial patterns in 2010/2011 and long-term temporal trends in Europe.


Aluminum is covered on page 25, for example.


Regarding the overall appearance of aluminum, the paper concluded:

It was an interesting counterpoint to CT claims about global chemtrail spraying
 

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Whitebeard

Senior Member.
Some background on Lichens, and their usefulness...
http://science.jrank.org/pages/3922/Lichens-Uses-lichens.html
 
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