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Cool rainforests, FTCW!

Posted by bchristensen at Nov 23, 2010 11:10 AM |
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Cool rainforests, FTCW!

Cool rainforest's massive trees and undergrowth, like this one in BC's Inland Temperate Rainforest, store more carbon then humans emit, but only if we keep them intact. Photo: Joe Scott

When it comes to storing carbon, our northern rainforests are the real climate winners, according to a new book synthesizing the work of 30 international scientists.

The editor, Dr. Dominic DellaSalla, told the Washington Post this week that it was time for policymakers to put more attention to protecting old-growth and  "forgotten rainforests" like those in BC's Inland Temperate Rainforest, and the wet slopes of the Cascades and Olympics. 

The Post article point outs that,

In 2007 the 250 million acres of temperate and northern forests stored 196 gigatons of carbon - the equivalent of six times the amount of carbon dioxide humans emit each year by burning fossil fuels.

That's a pretty substantial benefit from protecting our local rainforests! The book reports that the massive trunks, dense foliage, and carbon-rich soils of these forests store more carbon than any other kind of forest, including tropical rainforests that often get the lion's share of media attention.

Joe Scott, our international conservation director says the vital BC rainforests studied do indeed "land right in the Inland Temperate Rainforest, where the groundbreaking mountain caribou recovery plan spells some relief for key parts of the forest, but there is more to do."

[Dig deeper: Get the book at Amazon]

PS. That's "For the Climate Win" :)

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