Forests Update: Roads Help Deforest Rainforests, Peat Swamps, and More!

KEEPING CARBON STORED: FOREST UPDATE

OO NASA: Sumatra Fires On The Rise – raising concerns that dry conditions could unleash an especially severe haze this dry season in Indonesia.

OO Roads Through Rainforest Allow South America’s ‘Arc Of Deforestation’– creating a moral crossroads for the governments and agencies that build them.

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What Is A Peat Swamp, And Why Should I Care? Besides being a haven for endangered and threatened biodiversity ( think the Sumatran tiger, for ex.), and a cornucopia of resources for traditional cultures, reports Loren Bell at Mongabay, these special places provide a local buffer against flooding, and insurance against drought in dry times – important as climate change creates more extreme weather.

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Rare Sumatran tigers live in peat swamps. Photo: Monika Betley at Wikipedia

Peat swamps also store 20 times or more carbon than neighboring forests – and preserving them is the cheapest way to store carbon an increasingly critical function in our warming world. When cleared for human activities, we all lose.

OO 30% of Borneo’s Rainforests Destroyed Since 1973 due to fires, industrial logging, and the spread of plantations, finds a new study

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OO Sri Lanka Still Losing Forests At Rapid Clip

OO Panama: Liana Vines Taking Over Warmer, Drier Forests due to more intense droughts linked to climate change. The displacement by lighter and less woody vines means that less carbon is stored in the forest.

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About melharte

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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