Friday, December 09, 2005

Evil Forests

I knew those evil forests had to go - they are causing global warming!

Climate scientists warn today that expanding forests in the temperate zones of Europe, the US and Asia could add to global warming.

Simulations predicted the conversion of north American and European forests and grassland to agriculture would cool the region and counteract the effects of global warming by 25%-50%. This is because ripening corn and other staples would reflect more sunlight back into space, and release more moisture into the air, while dark forests would absorb sunlight and send thermometers soaring.

In July, a Newcastle University team argued that forests soaked up water and evaporated it into the atmosphere twice as fast as grassland or crops. In September, European researchers showed that in the hot summer of 2003, most of the carbon stored in forests in the previous four years was released back into the atmosphere, to accelerate global warming and trigger yet more heatwaves. Such findings could exasperate US utility companies that have planted forests to compensate for fossil fuel use, and infuriate ecologists and conservationists who wish to protect forests.

Clear cut to save the planet!


Blogger OMMAG said...

When it comes to science there are allways divergent opinions and views.
If it weren't for freewheel theorizing we would miss out on a lot of possibilities!
I suspect that the actual findings of the theorists and the researchers were less dramatic than the Spin that the media put on the story!

However it does point out that anywone who takes an immovable stand on this matter is likely to get knocked down sooner or later!

9:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Correct me if I am wrong, but in the Kyoto world, weren't forests a good thing? I thought that Canada and Russia received credit for having large areas of forest which work as a CO2 sink.

So now I guess we forget about that and clear cut the country.

It seems that the people promoting CO2 as a cause for climate change have something new and usually contradictory every week to try to salvage their all but refuted hypothesis, that was really all about wealth redistribution.

1:50 PM  
Blogger Candace said...

I like the new look!

So, according to this article, Syncrude & Suncor should quit replanting the trees they cut down to stripmine?

5:52 PM  
Blogger Sierra said...

You have to expect this kind of thing... the Academic world is as bad as Hollywood when it comes to the quest for the 15 minutes...

success in academia is from publishing the next contraversal, opposing or Better than the last guy study!

The scentists arn't to blame for the Kyoto mess... that would be the politicians, (on both sides of the spectrum) who saw the science as an opportunity to forward some bizzare agenda of their own.

12:12 PM  
Blogger alsocanadian said...

Thanks Candace, guess the black wasn't pale enough...

12:12 PM  
Blogger Miss jane said...


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