06 Aug '17, 6pm

Just because it wasn't complicated enough: Boreal Forests Found to be Net GHG Emitters:

Just because it wasn't complicated enough: Boreal Forests Found to be Net GHG Emitters:

The last few months have witnessed a flurry of debate in the scientific literature over the relative merits of using forests as carbon sinks to combat global warming. The broad-based consensus seems to be that, yes, trees can work - if planted in the right areas - but also that we shouldn't hang our hopes on them . The latest salvo in the debate comes from Tom Gower of the University of Wisconsin, who has determined that Canada's boreal forest - far from hindering global warming's advance - may be spurring it on by releasing more GHG than it absorbs. "The boreal forest, at least in the north-central part of Manitoba, has gone from a weak carbon sink to a weak carbon source. It is now contributing to atmospheric (carbon dioxide) concentration," he said.Using a one million sq. km stretch of forest in Manitoba, Gower and his colleagues coupled their measurements of how carbon...

Full article: https://www.treehugger.com/clean-technology/boreal-forest...

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