Going Green

Friday, August 1, 2008

Carbon Sequestration and Wildfire

More evidence that we don't know enough to know what we don't know when it comes to how to combat "global warming."

Wildfires May Improve Forests' Ability to Sequester Carbon

When saving trees means less carbon storage

By Keren Blankfeld Schultz

Wildfires wreaked havoc across southern California last year, resulting in billions of dollars in irreparable damage. Not surprisingly, land managers and agencies this season have mobilized fire crews and equipment to stop the flames before they spread. In the meantime, however, researchers studying the amount of carbon that forests and vegetation harbor have stumbled on a finding that presents an added quandary to fire management: suppressing fires means that less carbon is stored in trees.

The team, led by Michael L. Goulden of the University of California, Irvine, compared the...(complete article here).

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