January 06, 2006
New Study: Forests Aggravate Global Warming
From the Edmonton Journal:
Canada's forests may actually worsen global warming rather than cool the planet, says a controversial study by a Stanford University physicist and environmental scientist.There you have it. It's Canada's fault. Those bastards.
Trees soak up massive amounts of energy from the sun. Much of this, he argues, is gradually released in the form of heat, especially in dark evergreen forests in the north, but also in temperate forests.
Unlike tropical forests, Canadian forests don't release much cooling moisture.
His computer model indicates that this warming influence is more powerful than the cooling job that forests do when they soak up carbon dioxide.
Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto.