Geek Reads: If Trees Could Scream

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Geek Reads: If Trees Could Scream

Andrew Ervin looks at trees, Ents, and what we don’t see in the forest

“If trees could scream, would we be so cavalier about cutting them down?” the humorist Jack Handey once asked. “We might,” he admitted, “if they screamed all the time, for no good reason.”

In his superb The Hidden Life of Trees, the German forester Peter Wohlleben indicates there may be some truth in Handey’s joke. “When trees are really thirsty,” he writes, “they begin to scream.”

Read the entire essay here.