A Forest That Is Causing Global Warming
News out of Canada today says British Columbia’s pine-beetle devastated forest is releasing carbon like crazy.
Instead of manufacturing oxygen as it should, the damaged forest is becoming a source for global warming, putting more pressure on the need to reduce greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere. The study, released Wednesday, calculates it will be much harder for Canada to meet global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions when a huge section of B.C. forests is producing carbon dioxide.
Weird. Let the global warming downward spiral begin. Warmer winter means more time for the pine beetle to destroy the forest. More destroyed forest means more carbon emissions. More emissions means more global warming. And so on, and so on.
A little about the pine beetle itself…
Before 1993, the mountain pine beetle was just another insect lost amid British Columbia’s rich forests. But for the past decade, the burrowing beetle’s population has exploded.
Mountain pine beetles are expected to wipe out 80% of B.C.’s pine forest by 2013.