Forest Fire Impact

By John Beath

Dec 19

Forests are known to reduce the environmental impact of fossil fuel usage, because they assist in removing CO2 out of the atmosphere. The recent forest fires in British Columbia and elsewhere have burned large quantities of carbon and returned the CO2 to the atmosphere. Furthermore, trees killed by fires will no longer remove CO2 from the atmosphere as compared to living trees. What is the impact of these fires on greenhouse gas emissions?

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