Turning boreal forest from carbon sink to source

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Published on: August 26, 2019

The Energy Mix / 26 August 2019

Wildfires across northern Canada are “mining” carbon from the soil and turning the boreal forest into a carbon source after millennia of acting as a carbon sink, in a process that could accelerate global climate change, according to a new paper in the journal Nature.

“This study underscores why more frequent burning in the boreal forest due to wildfires is bad from a climate perspective,” said lead author Xanthe Walker, post-doctoral researcher at the Center for Ecosystem Science and Society at Northern Arizona University.

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