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Forests Rebounded in Europe. Then, With Climate Change, So Did Fires.

By Somini Sengupta
The New York Times
February 5, 2020
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

TIVISSA, Spain — Forests are often hailed as a solution to climate change, as they were recently at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. …But while forests are vital for swallowing up and storing carbon… they are also extremely vulnerable in the age of climate disruptions. In a hotter, drier, more flammable climate, like here in the Mediterranean region, forests can die slowly from drought or they can go up in flames almost instantly, releasing all the planet-warming carbon stored in their trunks and branches into the atmosphere. That raises an increasingly urgent question: How best to manage woodlands in a world that humans have so profoundly altered? “We need to decide what will be the climate-change forest for the future,” is how Kirsten Thonicke, a fire ecologist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, framed the challenge.

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