Science and Reports

As well as all the moral and economic arguments against destroying nature and forests, there are also endless research reports and scientific findings that show our governments are deliberately denying empirical evidence. To deny sound, peer reviewed science is as absurd as declaring the world is flat. Environmental arguments are not merely emotional bleatings as industry likes to portray. The reports cited here are merely the tip of the iceberg currently being ignored for political expedience.

Carbon accumulation in large trees

Thursday, March 27, 2014

This research counters the logging industry argument that a young post-logging regrowth forest (and plantations) accumulate more carbon than a natural mature forest. It highlights the importance of old large trees in the carbon cycle.

Read the research PDF at 2014_March-tree-growth_Nature.pdf

 

Forests Around Chernobyl Aren’t Decaying Properly

Friday, March 14, 2014

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And just what is it that the govt burns kill when thousands of ha of forest is torched annually? ‘Ecological burning’ it is NOT!    Jill

It wasn't just people, animals and trees that were affected by radiation exposure at Chernobyl, but also the decomposers: insects, microbes, and fungi

New policies for old trees - averting a global crisis in a keystone ecological structure

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Large old trees are critical organisms and ecological structures in forests, woodlands, savannas, and agricultural and urban environments. They play many essential ecological roles ranging from the storage of large amounts of carbon to the provision of key habitats for wildlife. Some of these roles cannot be replaced by other structures. Large old trees are disproportionately vulnerable to loss in many ecosystems worldwide as a result of accelerated rates of mortality, impaired recruitment, or both.

Big old trees grow faster, making them vital carbon absorbers

Friday, January 17, 2014

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Large, older trees have been found to grow faster and absorb carbon dioxide more rapidly than younger, smaller trees, despite the previous view that trees’ growth slowed as they developed.

Large trees don’t slow down with age. Michelle Vent

Research published in the journal Nature this week shows that in 97% of tropical and temperate tree species, growth rate increases with size. This suggests that older trees play a vital role in absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Rate of tree carbon accumulation increases continuously with tree size

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Forests are major components of the global carbon cycle, providing substantial feedback to atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations1. Our ability to understand and predict changes in the forest carbon cycle—particularly net primary productivity and carbon storage—increasingly relies on models that represent biological processes across several scales of biological organization, from tree leaves to forest stands2, 3.

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