Taiga Landscape in Quebec, Canada, dominated by Black Spruce Picea mariana

A serious climate opportunity

Why does government refuse to do the one thing that would help our forests and climate? Guest essay by Greg Walcher For years, politicians have waged war on coal, stifled oil and gas production, and advocated carbon taxes and other extreme measures to reduce carbon dioxide, while ignoring one of the most important things they…

There’s no one-size-fits-all solution to climate change

From the Field Museum New study shows where carbon finance should — and shouldn’t — drive conservation efforts The world’s forests are crucial to slowing climate change, but they’re often destroyed to make room for farms, mines, and other economic ventures. One possible solution to deforestation is carbon finance: giving companies and countries monetary incentives…

They are just now figuring this out?

From the University of Washington, something woodsmen, hunters, and campers have observed in forests for hundreds of years.  It’s all about the LWIR. Snow melts faster under trees than in open areas in mild climates It’s a foggy fall morning, and University of Washington researcher Susan Dickerson-Lange pokes her index finger into the damp soil…

CO2 Is Greening The Planet: African Savannahs Getting a Makeover to Forests

I’ve covered this before, such as when NASA posted satellite data showing that the biosphere is booming thanks to CO2 fertilization. This new study from Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany suggests that the Umbrella Thorn Acacia trees will make a comeback. Tree trumps grass to rule the savannas A new study published today in “Nature”…