How Forests Affect Climate Change

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Ontology Tags

Classes Climate & Weather: Climate Literacy – Climate Change | Space Exploration: Exploring Earth from Space – Satellites Watching Earth

Goals Challenging Problems: (1) Physical World – (a) Climate & Weather (b) Investigating Earth (2) Questions –  Conservation Focused | Intended Learning Outcomes: Instilled Citizenship Values – Lifestyle Reflecting Environmental Resources | CTEs & Disciplines: (1) Agriculture & Agribusiness (2) Earth & Geo Sciences (3) Environmental Engineering

 

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Shining Laser Light on Earth’s Forests

The International Space Station (ISS) is sporting a new ‘light fixture.’ The Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI) will beam down laser light on Earth from the orbiting laboratory to reveal more about our environment and how it is changing.

 

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A Trillion Trees? Let’s Talk About It…

A recently released study in the journal Science advocates for reforestation as the most effective and affordable tool against climate change. American Forests has long held that tree planting and forest restoration could make a major difference in fighting climate change, so this news isn’t only heartening, it is helpful in supporting a worldwide planting initiative that can start right here at home.

Reforest America

Since the first Arbor Day, convened by our organization in 1882, the simple power of planting more trees has provided a centering strategy — one way we can always advance America’s forests. We are advancing a new campaign to “Reforest America” by planting billions of trees. By leveraging existing and new resources from local, state and federal government and nonprofit groups across the county, we will be able to harness the many natural benefits that trees provide.

 

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Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Climate Change

Intact forests play a unique role in mitigating the effects of climate change because trees store a large amount of carbon in their biomass, and through photosynthesis trees can remove CO2 from the atmosphere. However, when forested land is deforested and permanently converted to another land use, this carbon is released into the atmosphere instead of removed. Navigate through the links  to read about climate change and forests in the boreal, tropical and temperate regions.

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