Magazine article American Forests

At Your Service

Magazine article American Forests

At Your Service

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A growing trend in forestry places a value on the "services" a tree can provide, giving it worth beyond its potential as a source of wood products. One of the highest-profile services is offsetting greenhouse gas emissions, and millions have already been spent on projects to do that. In Latin America, Russia, and Southeast Asia these carbonstoring projects preserve forests, plant trees, and manage forestland for the longterm. In the U.S., climate change concerns are helping to grow AMeRICAN FORESTS' own Global ReLeaf Forests program.

The perception that some corporations question the existence of the greenhouse effect may make utilities, oil companies, and manufacturers seem unlikely partners in this effort. However, the scientific community generally agrees that the earth would have an average temperature of 0 degrees F. if not for the presence of certain gases that insulate the lower atmosphere by trapping the sun's energy as heat.

The big question being studied now is the local implications of a warmer planet. A few degrees difference wouldn't feel like much, but it could spawn rising sea levels, migrating insects that spread disease, and more extreme hydrological cycles, among other problems. …

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