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I think the study you mention does seem, somewhat, to agree with the research published in Nature. What those researchers were looking at were the affects a warmer environment has on boreal forests.

While not part of their study, the tropical rainforests do seem to be key in slowing down global warming.

I wonder though, if by the time we fully understand -- as in science has reached a consensus -- the effect forests it will be too late to best utilize the knowledge?

by Magnifico on Thu Jan 3rd, 2008 at 06:51:21 AM EST
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The studies seem largely congruent as to the effect (a slower-growing boreal forest will still have largely the same albedo effect, I'd reckon).

Forests are largely a political distraction today, from taking the necessary measures to reduce climate pollution. It's good to have them off the table for the purpose of pushing the point that the solution is to stop polluting.

So, the best solution is to do something else, and grow forests for all the good reasons there are for growing forests outside of the climate change issue.

Tropical forests are the exception to this. We still haven't succeeded in stopping their reduction, even though protecting the rainforest is something we got concerned about a long time ago, independent of the climate change issue. It is important to make the local community responsible for nature protection. I'm worried that a structure for transferring funds for nature protection to countries in the tropics will ignore that.

by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Thu Jan 3rd, 2008 at 07:38:47 AM EST
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