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TitleGlobal Climate Change: Some Implications, Opportunities, and Challenges for US Forestry
Author(s)Marland, G.
Publication DateJune 1991
Report NumberCONF-9106396-1
Unique IdentifierACC0252
Other NumbersLegacy ID: DE92040874; OSTI ID: 7008301
Research OrgOak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), TN (United States)
Contract NoAC05-84OR21400
Sponsoring OrgDOE; USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)
Other Information21st Southern Forest Tree Improvement Conference (SFTIC); 17-20 June 1991; Knoxville, TN (United States)
Subject540210 -- Environment, Terrestrial -- Basic Studies -- (1990-); 540220 -- Environment, Terrestrial -- Chemicals Monitoring & Transport -- (1990-); 560300 -- Chemicals Metabolism & Toxicology; Carbon Dioxide -- Biological Effects; Trees -- Plant Growth; Carbon Cycle; Climates; Forests; 54 Environmental Sciences; 63 Radiation, Thermal, and Other Environmental Pollutant Effects on Living Organisms and Biological Materials; Carbon Dioxide; Biological Effects; Trees; Plant Growth; Forests; Climates; Carbon Cycle
KeywordsCarbon Compounds; Carbon Oxides; Chalcogenides; Growth; Oxides; Oxygen Compounds; Plants
Related Web PagesDOE Scientists Contribute to 2007 Nobel Peace Prize about Climate Change
AbstractIt is widely agreed that the concentration of greenhouse gases in the earth`s atmosphere is increasing, that this increase is a consequence of man`s activities, and that there is significant risk that this will lead to changes in the earth`s climate. The question is now being discussed what, if anything, we should be doing to minimize and/or adapt to changes in climate. Virtually every statement on this matter; from the US Office of Technology Assessment, to the National Academy of Science, to the Nairobi Declaration on Climatic Change, includes some recommendation for planting and protecting forests. In fact, forestry is intimately involved in the climate change debate for several reasons: changing climate patterns will affect existing forests, tropical deforestation is one of the major sources of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere, reforestation projects could remove additional carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and there is renewed interest in wood-based or other renewable fuels to replace fossil fuels. Part of the enthusiasm for forestry-related strategies in a greenhouse context is the perception that forests not only provide greenhouse benefits but also serve other desirable social objectives. This discussion will explore the current range of thinking in this area and try to stimulate additional thinking on the rationality of the forestry-based approaches and the challenges posed for US forestry.
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