21 Nov '11, 11am

A clever Cambridge Professor used 92 years of Remembrance Day photos to help document #ClimateChange

A clever Cambridge Professor used 92 years of Remembrance Day photos to help document #ClimateChange

King George V did it in 1919 and since then, each year a member of the Royal family places a wreath at the foot of the Cenotaph monument in Whitehall, London in honour of those who died in the great wars. And each Remembrance Day the sad, dignified ritual is photographed. Which got a canny Coventry professor at the University of Cambridge thinking: the same plane trees are still standing beside the monument, but how have they changed over the years? postcards, 1922 /Promo image Professor Tim Sparks is fascinated by the use of long term data to detect climate change impacts. He started examining old photos of the ceremony and realized that the state of those plane trees has changed dramatically. An examination of photos dating back to 1919 shows that the trees are keeping their leaves much longer now. In the old photos the branches were bare on November 11. But in the last ...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/climate-change/92-years-of-reme...

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