Canada’s Forests: From Carbon Sanctuaries to Emission Titans Amid Wildfires

Experts warn that emissions from Canada’s record-breaking wildfire season are probably triple the country’s annual carbon footprint as climate systems reach a “tipping point”. The trajectory of the country’s wildfires has raised questions about how Canada can better tackle the blazes – and whether the issue is a global problem as nations race to reduce the volume of greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere.

How forests, long prized for the way they actively remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, have easily eclipsed all combined emissions from Canada has rewritten a longstanding narrative of the sprawling boreal landscape. During the 1990s, Canada’s managed forest removed an average of 160m tonnes from the atmosphere. Read More

News Credit: The Guardian

Image Credit: Canadian Forces/Reuters

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