Climate Change Facts: Delving into carbon cycling, wildfire and fossil fuel

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

America’s forests play a critical role in the national debate about the effects of global warming. The following TWS fact sheets provide an overview of several key issues relating to the relationship among carbon cycling, wildfires and fossil fuels.

  • A Primer on Carbon Cycling
    The Earth’s climate is changing. In the past, the climate warmed and cooled due to natural processes. Now humans are changing the climate by burning fossil fuels and permanently deforesting landscapes. Many of our wildlands are being stressed beyond their natural ability to adapt to these dramatic changes, and the full extent of how to deal with these changes remains unclear.
     
  • Fire and Forest Management
    The Earth’s climate is changing. In the past, the climate warmed and cooled due to natural processes. Now humans are changing the climate by burning fossil fuels and permanently deforesting landscapes. Many of our wildlands are being stressed beyond their natural ability to adapt to these dramatic changes, and the full extent of how to deal with these changes remains unclear.
  • Are Wildland Fires Making Climate Change Worse?
    The simple answer to this question is no. Wildland fires are natural events that represent a release of carbon that was stored in forests and that will be recaptured as forests regenerate.
  • Fossil Fuels are a Bigger Problem than Wildland Fires
    The Earth’s climate is changing. In the past, the climate warmed and cooled due to natural processes. Now humans are changing the climate by burning fossil fuels and permanently deforesting landscapes. Many of our wildlands are being stressed beyond their natural ability to adapt to these dramatic changes, and the full extent of how to deal with these changes remains unclear.