Logging for biomass use is not “carbon neutral”: The huge flaw in how Congress is approaching burning wood for energy by Chelsea Harvey here
Departure from average for the global January-through-March temperature for the years 1880 - 2016. This year has seen by far the warmest temperatures on record for each of the three months. Image credit: NOAA/National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI).
Below: Scientific studies find that the temperature increases at least 5 to 10
degrees in a clearcut, while the humidity drops 35%.
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The 2013 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) found that human-caused forest loss is responsible for about 10% of
global greenhouse gas emissions. Recent analyses show that global forest trends are working against efforts to address climate
change. The 2014 IPCC Report stated: "Carbon stored in the terrestrial biosphere is susceptible to loss to the atmosphere as a
result of climate change, deforestation, and ecosystem degradation".
Warmest March in Global Recordkeeping; 2016 Roars Ahead of Pack here
Above: Clear cut forest near Lassen Volcanic National Park.
Mt. Lassen on the left.
Mature diverse forests are needed to combat climate change. Deforestation
is one of the leading sources of carbon emissions.