Today’s Australian (pg 6) states that 75 per cent of red gums along the Murray River are either dead, dying or stressed.
Imagine if a journalist ran the story: 75 per cent of Melbournians are either dead, dying or stressed.
The obvious question might be: So what percentage of Melbournians are dying? We know they are all stressed!
A problem for journalist Asa Waahlquist is that not even the scientists at the Murray Darling Basin Commission are making the distinction between stressed and dead. The official surveys that I am familiar with, that have been undertaken since March 2003, have not distinguished between stressed and dead trees.
Incredible, but true.