Forestry in the Name of Climate Change
Byline: Patrick Moore, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES
As the world seeks ways to cut atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) - the greenhouse gas produced by burning fossil fuels - science says managed forests will play a key role.
Trees are the most powerful concentrators of carbon on Earth. Through photosynthesis, they absorb CO2 from the atmosphere and store it in their wood, which is nearly 50 percent carbon by weight.
You might be surprised to learn young forests outperform old growth in carbon absorption. Although old trees contain large amounts of carbon, their rate of absorption has slowed to a near halt. A young tree, although it contains little fixed carbon, pulls CO2 from the atmosphere much faster.…
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Publication information: Article title: Forestry in the Name of Climate Change. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The Washington Times (Washington, DC). Publication date: January 22, 2006. Page number: B03. © 2009 The Washington Times LLC. COPYRIGHT 2006 Gale Group.
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