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Climate change: Washington's famous cherry blossoms are threatened

In April, hundreds of thousands of tourists come every year to Washington to admire the cherry blossom. However, rising sea levels and the broken levees, the trees are regularly under water. The stock is in danger.

delicate pink flowers, as far as the eye can see. Along the water reservoir at the Jefferson Memorial a flower-strewn cherry joins to the next. There are thousands of them. Much more visitors crowd in glorious spring weather on the National Mall to admire the flowers and to photograph each other in the sea of Flowers.

If you look high in the trees, can you lose yourself in the flowers, says Marianne from Virginia. With the kids, bicycles and picnic blankets admirers from all over the world, a fall in the cherry blossom forest. Where once grass grew, there is now only dusty earth.

out of the detained paths around the cherry trees are in

"We have several million visitors each day who come to this beautiful place. To clearly see the worn-out trails around the cherry trees. This place can no longer cope with the millions of visitors," says Sean Kenneally from the National Park Service. Most of the bright pink-red of the trees are over 100 years old. In 1912, gave to the mayor of Tokyo to the city of Washington of 3000 cherry trees to the character of the Japanese-American friendship.

Extra burden for the trees, is the flood that occurs on the banks of the Potomac River and the roots of the trees, regularly flooded, and free. "Then it comes to Flooding, such as here. The path is unusable and is under water. Twice a day it happens," Teresa Durkin of the organization "Trust for the National Mall". Park Ranger Sean Kenneally adds: "In many Places the trees are literally falling into the water. Here you can see the exposed roots, and over there none can run. Responsible for the Flooding of the dykes, which have lowered over the years."

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is obscured by blossoming cherry tree branches

the Broken trees

"Now, 125 years later, this man-made system to fall apart. Also due to the impact of the city and the rising water level many factors contribute to the deterioration," says Durkin. The levees need to be replaced, and the paths expanded, in order to protect the precious trees, and calls you. Around 500 million US dollars would be the cost of such a renovation. "We need to act now - not in the next hundred years. We want that there is this place in a hundred years," she warns him.

Washington's famous cherry blossom in danger
Claudia Sarre, ARD Washington
06.04.2019 10:17 PM

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