New Facts About Old Forests and Carbon

IMG_2977_v This page presents to you one of the more important things you’re going to read on the web today. The environmental value scientists place on "old growth forests" has just tripled. Wait till that gets factored into our already high carbon footprint.

Before, each hectare of temperate forest was thought to store about 217 tonnes of carbon. It is now revealed to be 640 tonnes per hectare, on average. Forests with very large and old trees stored 1200 tonnes per hectare.

The Wilderness Society has called for an immediate moratorium on old growth logging. Most "logging" in Australia actually occurs (and has occurred) to clear land for grazing animals.

Stay tuned for updates.

Posted on August 6, 2008 Modified August 6, 2008