Skip to comments.Forest plan gets the ax at UN climate talks
Posted on 12/19/2009 5:01:07 PM PST by NormsRevenge
COPENHAGEN A plan to protect the world's biologically rich tropical forests by paying poor nations to protect them was shelved Saturday after world leaders failed to agree on a binding deal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Burning trees to clear land for plantations or cattle ranches and logging forests for wood is blamed for about 20 percent of the world's emissions. That's as much carbon dioxide as all the world's cars, trucks, trains, planes and ships combined.
About 32 million acres (13 million hectares) of forests are cut down each year an area about the size of England or New York State and the emissions generated are comparable to those of China and the United States, according to the Eliasch Review.
Deforestation for logging, cattle grazing and crops has made Indonesia and Brazil the world's third- and fourth-biggest carbon emitters, after China and the United States.
All that made the failure of the forest project even more stinging.
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Workers remove an exhibit at Bella Center after United Nations
Climate Change Conference 2009 in Copenhagen December 19, 2009.
REUTERS/Ints Kalnins (DENMARK ENVIROMENT POLITICS)
That thing would make a nice tree ornament.. or a Al Gore ‘DEath Star’ .. hung on a freshly cut tree, of course.. :-)
World leaders hold a meeting at the UN conference in Copenhagen on December 18. A UN conference has rammed through a battle plan against climate change forged by US President Barack Obama and other top leaders, sidelining smaller states which lashed the deal as a betrayal. (AFP/BUNDESREGIERUNG/File/Steffen Kugler)
About 32 million acres (13 million hectares) of forests are cut down each year an area about the size of England or New York State
the deal is killed except for the 30 Billion O promised them.
How about a little forestry instead of mass burning here in the USA. We KNOW we can stop a lot of this waste.
This is a FACT! I've done the math on this oft cited factoid, originally purported around 1988, and its no wonder we have now deforested the entire planet and half the forests of Mars. /sarc
Honestly, the forests the size of England for the last 25 years? This hyperbole can only come from the Greenies..
If that is the case, then the forests are reproducing at a rate of 33-34 million acres per year.
Because ever since we launched the first Surveyor satellite (1968-or-so), the forested surface of the globe has slightly -- but steadily -- increased.
The effect also suggests that, as we produce more CO2, trees beget more trees so as to take advantage of the increased food supply.
Monday, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) released its 2005 Global Forest Resources Assessment, a regular report on the status world’s forest resources. Overall, FAO concludes that net deforestation rates have fallen since the 1990-2000 period, but some 13 million hectares of the world’s forests are still lost each year, including 6 million hectares of primary forests. Primary forests — forests with no visible signs of past or present human activities — are considered the most biologically diverse ecosystems on the planet.