Forests and Climate

This short video explains how forests and our climate are so closely connected. Forests are our greatest land based carbon stores, shade the earth, moderate our climate and provide clouds and rainfall.

More information about the link between forests and climate at www.forestsandclimate.net

Forests - Our Climate Calmers

Monday, August 6, 2007

Way back, long before 1750, the planet supported eight billion hectares of forest. These were vast, healthy carbon soaks and storehouses, rain makers, weather moderators and, of course, mega-rich biological systems. Since that time, humans have destroyed 6.3 billion hectares, leaving only 1.3 billion hectares of forest. Naturally (or unnaturally), this has vastly reduced the earth's water cycles, weather patterns and ecological systems. But most importantly, this destruction has dramatically reduced the earth's 'lung capacity'.

Offsets equal guilt-free pollution

Saturday, July 14, 2007

As a cheap and easy option to reduce their contribution to global warming, many companies and governments have been looking at 'carbon offsets'. But offsets in the form of planting new trees only helps cancel out emissions from forest destruction and fossil fuel burning that’s already occurred - carbon that’s already in the air. They are wrongly portrayed as ‘offsets’ that allow more logging and burning of fossil fuels. This method of carbon accounting is easy to manipulate to benefit the polluters.

A convenient myth

Saturday, July 14, 2007

The logging industry is currently in overdrive trying to make logging look like a positive effort in the fight against global warming. Forests are one of our greatest carbon stores. They have taken hundreds of years to amass the 700 -1,200 plus tonnes of carbon per hectare. Cutting them down only secures about 3 to 5% of the forest’s total carbon biomass into sawn timber The rest is woodchipped for short-lived products like packaging and paper and cremated in high intensity post-logging management burns. So about 95% ends up in the atmosphere helping to warm and dry our planet.

Don't be CO2nned

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Offsets equals guilt free pollution

As a cheap and easy option to reduce their contribution to global warming, many companies and governments have been looking at 'carbon offsets'. But offsets in the form of planting new trees only helps cancel out emissions from forest destruction and fossil fuel burning that's already occurred - carbon that's already in the air. They are wrongly portrayed as 'offsets' that allow more logging and burning of fossil fuels. This method of carbon accounting is easy to manipulate to benefit the polluters.

Forests - the climate repair kit

Monday, May 14, 2007

Ending logging is the fastest and cheapest solution to climate change. Logging and forest destruction is now recognised as one of the main causes of climate change. In the next 24 hours, world deforestation will release as much CO2 into the atmosphere as 8 million people flying from London to New York.
Climate repair kit
According to a report published in mid May by an alliance of leading rainforest scientists known as the Global Canopy Programme (GCP), deforestation accounts for up to 25% of greenhouse gases, while transport and industry account for 14% each, and aviation contributes only 3% of the total.

Forests and Greenhouse

Monday, May 14, 2007

Ending logging is the fastest and cheapest solution to climate change. Logging and forest destruction is now recognised as one of the main causes of climate change. In the next 24 hours, world deforestation will release as much CO2 into the atmosphere as 8 million people flying from London to New York.

Bali Charley!

Friday, March 30, 2007

Bali still dawdles on forests

The December 2007 two-week long meeting of the UN Climate Conference in Bali made a commitment to include emissions from forests as part of the Kyoto Protocol.
But for the next four years, there can only be $ rewards in storing carbon in regrowth forest, not forest protection.

Think about that! Yes - rewarded for cutting them down to grow again!

Old Growth does soak up carbon

Saturday, December 2, 2006

Old growth forests store massive amounts of carbon but have been accused of just 'stagnating' and not actively absorbing any. Quite the opposite is true.

Old-growth forests continue to remove far more carbon than previously thought, making their protection a high priority in tackling global warming.

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