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Tropical Forests Used to Protect Us From Climate Change. Now, Scientists Say, They're Making It Worse


Science & Tech  (tags: climate change, carbon, forests, scientists )

Judy
- 601 days ago - washingtonpost.com
A surprising scientific study released Thurs. presents troubling news about the enormous forests of the planet's tropical midsection -- suggesting that they are releasing hundreds of millions of tons of carbon to the atmosphere, rather than storing it...



   

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Freya H (345)
Friday September 29, 2017, 5:10 pm
I wonder if this is for real - or if these are so-called scientists playing into the paws of fat cats that want to bulldoze the rainforests.
 

Kathleen M (208)
Friday September 29, 2017, 5:14 pm
Thx for sharing Judy!
 

Animae C (508)
Friday September 29, 2017, 5:15 pm
Hmmmmm I'm with Freya on this one, it sounds like it's coming straight from clovis!
 

Animae C (508)
Friday September 29, 2017, 5:20 pm
Ah-ha, human intervention again!!!

“The losses due to DEFORESTATION and degradation are actually emitting more CO2 to the atmosphere, compared with how much the existing forest is able to absorb.
The study, however, focuses not only on the effects of deforestation but also forest degradation and disturbance. Degradation occurs, for instance, when there is selective logging of some of, but not all, the trees in an area; disturbance, meanwhile, would include the effects of wildfires and drought (which may also be influenced by climate change).
Deforestation is considerably easier to measure, since it can be easily observed from space by satellite — you simply measure the area of places where trees have disappeared"

Sorry Judy I shoulda read the article first!
 

Philippa Powers (10)
Friday September 29, 2017, 8:42 pm
Noted. Thanks, Judy.
 

Sarah H (0)
Friday September 29, 2017, 9:36 pm
My bullshit detector is beeping
 

Colleen L (3)
Friday September 29, 2017, 10:03 pm
Thanks Judy
 

ANA MARIJA R (200)
Saturday September 30, 2017, 1:59 am
My only question is Who ordered and paid this study?!
and as Sarah H said: "My bullshit detector is beeping"...
noted
Thank you, Judy!
 

Ben O (131)
Saturday September 30, 2017, 4:32 am
WHAT...???
 

Ed Site Issues V (198)
Saturday September 30, 2017, 6:33 am
Noted, Thanks
 

Peggy B (43)
Saturday September 30, 2017, 8:03 am
It was a bit confusing, but it's not saying that deforestation isn't a problem. It's sill early days for this research, but I bet the climate deniers will latch on to it.
 

Peggy B (43)
Saturday September 30, 2017, 8:18 am
Bear in mind the Washington Post is more left leaning than right before thinking it's right garbage.
 

Darren Woolsey (218)
Saturday September 30, 2017, 9:49 am
Shared news article and analysis over social media to raise and spread awareness.
 

Lindsay Kemp (6)
Saturday September 30, 2017, 3:00 pm
Thanks for sharing. I'm not at all sure about this one! Noted.
 

Judy C (91)
Saturday September 30, 2017, 3:15 pm
Thanks for your comments, folks. This article is pretty chilling providing that is correct. If an article seems controversial or questionable, I do some background research on it before I post it. The first article that I saw on this topic was in the Guardian, and it didn't give many details. The author did state that it is based on a research paper that was just published in the reputable journal Science, which is peer-reviewed. I went to the Journal and looked at the abstract, but the article is behind a pay wall. Next I did a search and I read a few articles at various websites, because there were quite a few people writing about this already. They were all pretty brief and the reason I chose the Washington Post version to put on Care2 is because it was a little more detailed and clear than the other ones I have read.

I like the fact that many of you express skepticism. The way things are now in the media, we can't afford to accept what we read at face value. I've actually posted several articles dealing with just that situation.

The six authors of the article are affiliated with Boston University or with Woods Hole Research Center. Anyway, this is the link to the original article:

http://science.sciencemag.org/content/early/2017/09/27/science.aam5962

I for one, hope this article is wrong. As a couple of you point out, there is a danger of the climate deniers glomming on this one for sure. Animae, you seem to have the right idea about what the article is saying, as far as I can tell.
 

Lenore K (0)
Saturday September 30, 2017, 6:15 pm
ok
 

Raleigh k (358)
Sunday October 1, 2017, 12:33 am
Thanks for sharing
 

Danuta W (1251)
Sunday October 1, 2017, 3:48 am
noted
 

Barb SiteIssues V (202)
Sunday October 1, 2017, 2:48 pm
Noted, Thank you
 

Ian Crory (31)
Sunday October 1, 2017, 3:01 pm
:o)
 

pam w (139)
Sunday October 1, 2017, 4:28 pm
And how many thousands of animals who live in those forests will die, due to human selfishness and GREED?
 

Lenore K (0)
Sunday October 1, 2017, 7:05 pm
ok
 

Winn A (179)
Monday October 2, 2017, 6:48 am
Noted
 

Victoria P (110)
Monday October 2, 2017, 7:10 am
Bookmarked with interest and curiosity...thank-you Judy ~♥~
 
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