Some folks are still scratching their heads about why RAINFOREST Action Network is so concerned about oil and coal. Why waste our time on fossil fuels, they say, when forests around the world continue to fall victim to clear-cut logging?
On one hand, the answer is simple: global warming. On the other hand, it’s hard to understand the relationship between a power plant and a lumber mill without a good example that connects the dots.
Doug Struck does just that in today’s Wash Post. Walking the frozen tundra of Manitoba’s Northern Boreal Forest, he learns from scientists, foresters and Indigenous elders how global warming is exposing Canada’s Boreal Forest to more fires, disease and salvage logging-a destructive loop that multiplies the release of heat-trapping gasses. Related impacts of global warming are playing out in the Amazon and around the world.