Ah climate changers. Let’s just take a moment, hold our breath (for the environment) and thank our lucky stars we have such consistent entertainment from these tree-hugging ninnies (read 300 Scientests Blast NOAA For Fudging ‘Climate Change’ Data). Hold your breath, friends of the forest, because this story is better than getting paid vacation for Arbor Day. Yeah, it’s another climate-change, narrative busting extravaganza sure to leaf you satisfied.
How long have we been told “deforestation” is like the worst thing since trans-fat? Long time. The solution to that, we’ve been told is lots more trees. Hey, makes some sense, right? Cutting down trees = bad. Planting trees, therefore = good…? No? Not according to the BBC:
Researchers found that in Europe, trees grown since 1750 have actually increased global warming.
Wait, don’t cheer yet. Wait for it…
The rapid re-forestation of great swathes of Europe has generally been seen as a good thing due to the trees’ ability to soak up carbon, something that has become particularly relevant in recent decades.
But the new study questions the positive impact of all these new trees on the climate.
The research team reconstructed 250 years of forest management history in Europe – and found that the way forests are controlled by humans can lead to far less carbon being stored than would have been the case when nature was in charge.
Removing trees in an organised fashion tends to release carbon that would otherwise remain stored in forest litter, dead wood and soil.
Choosing conifers over broadleaved varieties also had significant impacts on the albedo – the amount of solar radiation reflected back into space.
Translation: humans know jack about maintaining nature. We’re utterly clueless. Humans of old cut down some trees. Probably heartless men who took a break from such patriarchal duties of beating their wives, went into the forest–with axes no less–and cut down trees. Bastards. It’s unlikely they felt bad about it, but their wives laid the guilt on thick while serving their men sandwiches. Solution? Plant trees in the same place where they cut the trees down. Stop the women from nagging.
So they did. They figured we’ll just plant some trees where there used to be trees. That’ll do it. Of course they planted the wrong ones. They planted trees that weren’t there before. 25o years later, scientists say…
Look, does this mean man caused climate change? No. That’s not the takeaway from this post (related Ted Cruz and Mark Steyn Destroy ‘Man-Mad Global Warming’ in Under 4 Minutes…). The macro issue here is nature is balanced, it’s complex, it’s not as linear as humans seem to treat it. Ecosystems aren’t as simple as “this releases carbon” or “this has leaves, ergo it is good.” Nature is best at maintaining nature, and it has a way of making its own corrections. The more we get involved to try to “fix” nature, or to fix something we believe we’ve done wrong to nature, we tend to make a mess of our own attempts.
Nature does nature best. Humans don’t. Why? Because we’re part of nature. We do not command it. We do not control it. Nature isn’t a classroom where we’re the teacher. Nature is the planet the school is built upon, we’re barely students. Also, did you know NASA Now Says Burning Fossil Fuels… COOLS the Planet?! Right. Nature can handle itself. But thanks. We humans…
Not so much.