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Old 05-21-2012, 04:12 PM
 
Location: The heart of Cascadia
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With global warming, invasive beetles and ivy, are the green forests of Oregon's days essentially numbered? In 1000 years, will all these beautiful mountains and valleys be desert?
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Old 05-21-2012, 04:44 PM
 
Location: Rockaway Beach, Oregon
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in 1000 years I'll be dead. *shrug*
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Old 05-21-2012, 04:55 PM
 
Location: the Beaver State
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Most unlikely.
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Old 05-21-2012, 05:13 PM
 
Location: Dallas, Oregon & Sunsites Arizona
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Maybe after the next Ice Age.
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Old 05-21-2012, 05:19 PM
 
Location: Rockaway Beach, Oregon
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Most unlikely.
Oh, I'm pretty sure I'll be dead by then


I've long ago gotten out of the habit of predictions - most of the time, they turn out to be wrong, even when I don't make them. The world seems to have a way of raising up hitherto-unknown facts and events that no one seemed to have taken into account, changing the outcome entirely.

As for out here? I doubt it would turn out like that. Now if the world got cooler (ice-age style), then we would likely see something similar to what the Sahara saw when the world got cooler back around 4,000 years ago (and persists to this day).
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Old 05-21-2012, 06:08 PM
 
Location: Salem, OR
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Here are the predictions for Oregon so far. No one can see 1,000 years into the future.
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Old 05-21-2012, 06:15 PM
 
Location: The heart of Cascadia
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A rise of 3 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit crap. So in 88 years, Portland will have the climate of Los Angeles, if the worst case scenario plays out?
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Old 05-21-2012, 06:53 PM
 
Location: Houston
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With global warming, invasive beetles and ivy, are the green forests of Oregon's days essentially numbered? In 1000 years, will all these beautiful mountains and valleys be desert?
Mebbe, and your point is? In 1000 years will you be here to say "I told you so"? Don't you have a Mayan calendar? I mean it's out of time! I am about as excited about that prospect as the global warming beetle ivy zombie invasion in 88 years......
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Old 05-21-2012, 11:17 PM
 
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A rise of 3 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit crap. So in 88 years, Portland will have the climate of Los Angeles, if the worst case scenario plays out?
And LA will have the climate of Kuwait.
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Old 05-22-2012, 09:33 AM
 
Location: Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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There's too much rain for it to turn to desert, but things will look very different. The ivy will surely destroy many low altitude forests. I don't know how far into the mountains it will go. Something may move in that eats it, too. The problem with the ivy is that it kills seedlings, and prevents growth of new forests.

Beetles come and go, and some trees are more resistant.

The real threat is that population growth will eventually pave the whole west side of the state, which completely destroys the ecology of an area.
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