03 Oct '11, 6pm

The Ginormous Task of Saving Forests from Climate Change & Us (Video)

The Ginormous Task of Saving Forests from Climate Change & Us (Video)

Some of the conditions that make the above problems especially acute -- the natural aridity and wildfire-friendly climate -- are particularly endemic to regions like the American Southwest. But the threat posed by more and more deadly wildfires in the face of advancing progressing climate change applies to forests around the world. So it's useful to view the plight depicted in the video (and elaborated upon in this great NY Times feature story ) as a microcosm of what's transpiring in dry, forested regions everywhere. As such, it should offer some hint at the enormity of the task of saving those forests. Previously protected forests must be 'thinned' to prevent crown blazes -- it turns out that even when we were trying to save forests by stamping out all forests fires, we were killing them in the long run by failing to allow them to develop a resiliency to natural ones. An...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/10/saving-forests-cl...

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