Tree Frog Forestry News

America in flames

September 14, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States

…The outlook is grim. The National Research Council estimates that the amount of land burned in western North America could quadruple with every degree of warming—of which there are expected to be at least a couple by the end of this century. The feared effect of this and other warming-related changes is that America’s forests could, as early as 2030, start to emit more carbon into the atmosphere, including in smoke from wildfires and methane from disturbed ground, than they absorb through photosynthesis.