Forests: Our Last, Best Hope Up in Smoke
When I end up with 80% of an online article highlighted in Diigo, that tells me this is something I think is significant and worth passing along, even when I feel generally like the proverbial tree falling in the forest. So let me start with this quote toward the end of this piece called Deforestation: The Hidden Cause of Global Warming from the Independent/UK.
“In a world where we are witnessing a mounting clash between food security, energy security and environmental security – while there’s money to be made from food and energy and no income to be derived from the standing forest, it’s obvious that the forest will take the hit.”
What’s the so-what? Only this:
The accelerating destruction of the rainforests that form a precious cooling band around the Earth’s equator, is now being recognised as one of the main causes of climate change. Carbon emissions from deforestation far outstrip damage caused by planes and automobiles and factories.
How much CO2 are held by forest that is likely to be burned in the coming four years? Oh, not so much:
Most people think of forests only in terms of the CO2 they absorb. The rainforests of the Amazon, the Congo basin and Indonesia are thought of as the lungs of the planet. But the destruction of those forests will in the next four years alone, in the words of Sir Nicholas Stern, pump more CO2 into the atmosphere than every flight in the history of aviation to at least 2025.
But hey: there are no multinational corporations made fat by NOT “harvesting” this “crop.” I mean, they’re only trees. They just sit there and take up space where we could put a shopping mall; or make a pasture to raise cheap beef for Triple Patty Cheeze Croissants.
I think, dear folks, we are doomed. If we can’t simply passively accept the benefits of something as elemental as the environmental services of a self-sustaining scrubber for the environment we have in what forests we have left.
A couple of you out there, please take a look at this.