Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Deforestation drives 50 pct of US warming

Think greenhouse gas is the only thing heating the planet? Think again. A study from Georgia Tech finds a shocking 50 percent of warming in the United States since 1950 is caused by deforestation and urbanization. (Watts up with that)

As we clear forests and other natural habitats to make room for more development and farm land, "most large US cities are warming at more than twice the rate of the planet as a whole." What's the answer? Plant a tree. One of the study's authors suggests planging "millions of trees in urbanized areas" and "regeneration of global forests outside of urbanized regions."

Another reason this finding is so significant, "emissions reduction programs may not sufficiently slow climate change in large cities where most people live."

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