Keeling Lecture: Climate Change and the Forests of the West

See lecture here.

Wow…great lecture on whats’ happening to our forests.  We see them dying due to longer growing seasons, more wild fires and infestation.   I learned that the Canadian forests are actually a net carbon emitter rather than a sink!!  So much for carbon credits by supporting new acreage in Canada.  The wild fires kill whatever is gained by the tree growth.

Lecture is by Dr. Steve Running, a Regents Professor in the College of Forestry and Conservation at the University of Montana. He discusses the paradox of why forests in the West are growing faster while simultaneously suffering from higher die-off rates. Running is a member of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and was the lead author on a 2007 report analyzing North America’s contribution to atmospheric carbon dioxide and its impacts on the global climate.

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