Canadian Forest Fires Increase Carbon Sink Capacity

Human understanding of global climatic systems, much less global ecological
systems in general, is so rudimentary that it is difficult to envision a roadmap
to global ecological sustainability. It is difficult for reductionist scientists to look
more holistically at complex systems such as the global ecological system. An
interesting new study indicates, counter-intuitively that the frequenty of forest
fires in Canadian forests are an important component of the forest's ability to
absorb carbon dioxide. To some unknown threshold, periodic burning allows the
forests to be a more efficient carbon sink. The climate change and forest
conservation communities need to get past dogma and mantras such as
“planting trees reduces climate change” and start looking at upscale ecological
sustainability issues.

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