Many organizations throughout the world are observing World Forest Day today. For example, RECOFTC - The Center for People and Forests is hosting several events in celebration of World Forest Day on March 21, and through the end of March.
Forests are vital part of life on Earth, serving many functions that range from maintaining biodiversity to providing basic human needs. The world's forests also store enormous amounts of carbon dioxide, which helps mitigate climate change. Forests and trees have also been the subject of several of our SB&F prize winners, such as A Seabird in the Forest and The Wild Trees.
Unfortunately, as this story from the website of the U.S. Geological Service (USGS) points out, many forests are feeling the impact of climate change. In recognition of World Forestry Day, the article looks at USGS science to understand the fate of forests from climate change. Warmer temperatures might be linked to increasing forest fire size, severity, and frequency. Hotter temperatures can also contribute to increased tree mortality and outbreaks of insects or diseases that are harmful to forests.
So let's remind ourselves on this World Forest Day 2012 to do all we can to protect these important environments, and to look to sound science on climate change impacts to inform our decisions and actions.
21 Mar 2012 12:45 PM