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"The Probable Destruction of Forests" on My Mind

Posted Jul 21 2008 10:16am
Forest protection has been on my mind a lot's reforestation projectsare responsible for restoring more than 2,000 acres of abandoned land in Louisiana, Kansas, China, and Nicaragua, but that's a drop in the bucket compared to the mass destruction that is being done to our forests worldwide.

Over 20% of global, human-causes CO2 emissions come from deforestation, and the problem isn't getting much better - despite the helpful revenue from carbon offsets. A recentBBC headlineputs it particularly bluntly: "Demand for land to grow food, fuel crops and wood is set to outstrip supply, leading to the probable destruction of forests, a report warns."

Then I came across this image on Digg - notice the text: "Save trees. Trees save." That's well put.

Meanwhile, I was quotedtoday in the Houston Chroniclein a story about new EPA rules regulating the capture and storage of of CO2 underground. The new rules are aimed at protecting groundwater quality - a worthy aim, I told the reporter. But then I added this (what with forests on my mind):

But I’d also hate to see anyone miss the big picture, long-term solution. It’s not just capturing CO2 from coal power plants and burying it. It’s transitioning away from dirty energy all together. It’s protecting our forests from being cut down and replanting those that have. It’s protecting the natural carbon sinks that we already have: our oceans and our forests. And it’s making sure we don’t continue to emit CO2 into the atmosphere in the first place. makes it easy and affordable for any individual or business to reduce their carbon footprint to zero.
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