03 Oct '11, 11am

Scientists Find More Reasons Why Forests Must Be Preserved

Scientists Find More Reasons Why Forests Must Be Preserved

It wasn’t until the 1950s that scientists realized that a considerable portion of the carbon dioxide being produced by the burning of fossil fuels was being picked up by forests as part of the planet’s natural system of checks and balances. The ocean also takes up an equally large portion. But unfortunately, these two “sinks” as they are called, can only take up about half of the emissions being produced today. The rest finds its way into the upper atmosphere where it adds to the accumulating greenhouse gases that have increased by 40% since the start of the Industrial Revolution, where they inhibit the amount of radiant energy that the Earth is able to freely emit into space, much in the same way that adding storm windows helps to keep your house warmer in Winter.

Full article: http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/10/scientists-find-reaso...

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