Another of those things that are true as a result of recent research but which the researchers don;t really want to point out. Here the insistence is that the world’s forests are younger because we keep cutting down the old ones. Which is excellent news really as that climate change is, as all right thinking people agree, the true terror of our times. We should do anything, including closing down industrial civilisation, to abate that climate change so that fact that we’re cutting down those old forests to do so is just great, innit?
Climate breakdown and the mass felling of trees has made the world’s forests significantly shorter and younger overall, an analysis shows.
The trend is expected to continue, scientists say, with worrying consequences for the ability of forests to store carbon and mitigate the climate emergency and for the endangered wildlife that depends on rich, ancient forests.
The analysis of more than 150 previous studies found the death rate of trees has increased, doubling in North America and significantly increasing in the Amazon, for example. The impact of forest destruction had cut the area of old growth forest by a third since 1900, the researchers said.
The bit they should then go on to say is that old growth forests store, but do not extract more, carbon. Young forests continue to extract more carbon from the atmosphere. They’re growing, see? Thus younger forests are still extracting more and more carbon while old growth ones are static stores and add no further influence.
The reason they don;t say this is obvious for they’re not really interested in what is happening to the carbon balance in the slightest. They want to make sure that we don;t use forests for anything more than gawping at. Which is fair enough, it would just be more honest of them if they detailed the science first then told us their preferences, rather than using the prejudice filter first on that scientific evidence before they speak.