Monday, August 24, 2009

In warming forests, 'Weird things, unprecedented things are happening'

Forests around the world are starting to fall apart as the globe warms and wild fires, pests (pine beetles, Siberian moth) spiral out of control. (AP) British Columbia (that's in Canada, yes) has already lost 35 million acres (an area twice the size of Ireland) to pine beetles. And up in Siberia, eight of the last 10 summers have been "extreme wildfire seasons."

So what? Well, if you don't care for their natural beauty, you should be able to admire the ability of global forests to capture CO2, and regulate the levels of this greenhouse gas in the atmosphere.

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