Wednesday, September 17, 2008

California: Is clear-cutting in the equation?

An interesting look at the role played by forests in absorbing carbon & releasing CO2 in the context of California's Global Warming Solutions Act and its carbon caps.
The Sierra Forests Can Prevent Global Warming

Imagine a grand formula that somehow left out - cars. Or industrial manufacturing. Leaving out one of these huge emissions sources would render any climate legislation toothless.

Fortunately, both will likely be accounted for. But will forests?....

Deforestation and logging account for one-fifth of all global carbon emissions - more than all trains, planes and, yes, automobiles combined. Any serious attempt to address California's contributions to climate change must include an understanding of what's happening in the forests of the Sierra Nevada.

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