Archive for October 18th, 2008

Carbon bomb?

Saturday, October 18th, 2008

As reported in various news media earlier this year, Greenpeace recently put out a report calling Canada’s boreal forests a “carbon bomb”. Interestingly, this article seems to assume that the instant a tree is harvested, all its carbon is instantly vaporized into the atmosphere.  There is no mention of the long-term carbon sequestration in wood frame houses and other wood products.  There is also no serious analysis of the natural role of fire in the boreal forest.

For some balance, click here for a science-based article on boreal forests and the carbon balance.