Posted by John Goetz
Jim Nichols of the Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote an article this past Tuesday (September 16) that has gotten the attention of Ohio State and Michigan fans around the country:
Global warming could send buckeye trees to Michigan
Michigan may be coolest place for it to be
Jim’s article starts out:
Global-warming predictions can send a chill down one’s spine: Melting polar ice caps, more hurricanes, epidemics, coastal swamping, drought and economic catastrophe.
Add to that a new horror scenario: a veritable exodus of Ohio buckeye trees into Michigan.
Could “The Heart of It All” become “The Heat of it All” and the Wolverine State become – arguably – the relatively cooler place to be?
Indeed, a coalition of health, environmental and outdoors groups dubbed Save the Buckeye warned of this Friday.
“It’s kind of ironic that because of climate change, the Ohio buckeye could wind up being more at home in Michigan than it is in Ohio,” said Tom Bullock, a coalition spokesman.
Jim goes on to mention that “garish and ominous billboards” have been put up on the Ohio State campus as part of a public-education campaign in Columbus. These billboards are designed to put fear into both OSU and U of M fans:
The article notes that the tree’s range extends from Texas to Green Bay, WI, and that the largest buckeye tree is already growing in Lenawee County, Michigan.
The truly interesting thing I learned from the article is that the “Ohio buckeye” tree is known elsewhere by its less-flattering colloquial nickname of fetid buckeye. Given the way OSU and U of M played this past weekend, “fetid buckeye” is an apt nickname for both!