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I've seen numbers that show that the amount of carbon locked in the Taiga is 8.8 kg/m2 for a total of 84 x 109 T C (giga-tonnes) - ie several billion supertankers worth.

I've also seen figures from Russia that show that an annual rise in average temperature of 2-3 degs C in the Taiga region would turn it into a tinderbox. Siberian forest fires are already a huge problem.

Although focused on Finland, The Finnish Forest Research Institute (METLA) has global coverage and interests.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Thu Jan 3rd, 2008 at 07:14:33 AM EST

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