Finishing up #GlobeFacts California. . Palm trees greet you outside the LAX airport, they line Hollywood Boulevard, stand guard over the Pacific and crisscross neighbourhoods poor and rich, a botanical army of stems and fronds which symbolise the world’s entertainment capital. . Apparently not for much longer. LA’s palm trees are dying. And most won’t be replaced. . A beetle known as the South American palm weevil and a fungus called Fusarium are killing palm trees across southern California. . Others are dying of old age. . No one knows how many will die, or how fast. For palm lovers, the even worse news is that they won’t be replaced, perhaps not even mourned. . Authorities will instead plant other species that give more shade and consume less water – important factors for an overheating city. . By the middle of the century, LA is expected to be three to five degrees fahrenheit warmer and to have triple the number of extreme heat days. . “Palms are decorative and iconic, but Los Angeles is facing more and more heatwaves, so it’s important that we plant trees that provide adequate shade to protect people and cool the city down,” said Elizabeth Skrzat, programme director for City Plants, the city’s tree planting arm. . History may record this as the moment La La Land put utility ahead of adornment. . Only one species of palm – Washingtonia filifera, the California fan palm – is native to the state. All other species, from the exuberant, feather-topped Canary Island date palm to the more austere, svelte Mexican fan palm, are imports. . Franciscan missionaries in the 18th century were believed to be the first to plant palms ornamentally in LA, a trend that took off in the early 20th century, when palms started adorning boulevards, parks and gardens. . #AmericaFacts via The Guardian. Globe : 80cm Galileo in Regency Blue with an unfinished base... & a gloss finish. The meridian is Nickel plated Brass. Jon in back working on another 80cm in Prussian Blue.