Defend Tolkien’s Ents To Beat Climate Change
How U.S. forests could do more to curb climate change
William Moomaw, May 19, 2017 (CBS News)
“Forests have been removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and storing carbon for more than 300 million years. When we cut down or burn trees and disturb forest soils, we release that stored carbon to the atmosphere. Since the start of the Industrial Revolution, one-third of all carbon dioxide emissions to the atmosphere from human activities have come from deforestation…[Just as Tolkien’s Ents were instrumental in the victory over Saruman, a new report from the Dogwood Alliance shows] there is a major opportunity to make progress on climate change by restoring degraded U.S. forests and soils.
If we reduce logging and unsustainable uses of wood, we can increase the rate at which our forests remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and ensure that it will remain stored in healthy forests…[The 2015] Paris Agreement recognizes that forests play an important role in meeting climate goals by removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and storing carbon in trees and soils…” click here for more