This is exactly what Enviro-wackos are calling for!
Global warming? Cut down forests
Monday, April 9, 2007
It might seem a mad idea – but cutting down forests might actually help fight global warming, according to research.
Thousands of pine trees in Canada and northern Europe are actually adding to the problem by stopping the Sun's rays reaching reflective snow beneath them, scientists have found….
They found that trees in snowy parts of the world actually warm the Earth, because their dark canopy absorbs sunlight that would otherwise be reflected by snow back into space.
They also discovered this effect outweighed the benefit of the trees removing carbon dioxide from the air….
Dr Ken Caldeira, one of the authors of the report published online by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal, said: 'Tropical forests are like Earth's air conditioner.
'When it comes to rehabilitating forests to fight global warming, carbon dioxide might be only half of the story; we also have to account for whether they help to reflect sunlight by producing clouds, or help to absorb it by shading snowy tundra.'
However, the authors were quick to point out they do not advocate felling the northern pine forests.
Dr Caldeira, of the Carnegie Institution in WashingtonDC, stressed: 'A primary reason we are trying to slow global warming is to protect nature.
'It just makes no sense to destroy natural ecosystems in the name of saving natural ecosystems.'