Consequences of Climate Change in Canadian forests

by Antoine Favreau on April 4, 2018 - 8:06am

 

The article I chose to summarize is an explanation of one problem caused by climate change to forest. In Canada, there is a huge amount of forest that is lost because of the harvest for lumber industry, but it is nothing compared to forested lands that are lost to fire and invasive bugs. In the text, it is said that the lumber industry harvested 779 000 hectares of land in 2017. In comparison, fire and invasive bug destroyed 19 million hectares of forested land, which is around 20 times more than lumber industry. There are more pests than ever before, and specialist blame this phenomenon on climate change. When the bugs are settled in the forest, they destroy the tree and it becomes dead wood. Because of climate change, the temperature rises and fires happen more frequently destroying parts of the forest. Fires are necessary for the development of forest but too many can be harmful on the long term. Derik Nighbor, the president of the Forest Products Association of Canada says that actions must be taken to protect Canadian forests. There are few solutions that were proposed to help with the problem of forest and bugs, controlled fire was one of these ideas. This proposed solution consists of starting a fire in a part of the forest where there is a lot of dead wood to rejuvenate this area of the forest. Another proposed solution is planting pest-resistant trees in forests, but like we know, introducing a new kind of species in an area can have bad consequences.

            The majority of people know about climate change but some of his consequences stay unknown to the public like the one in the article I chose. Even if they are less known, they are a danger for the environment and create problems that need to be dealt with. In the case of the bugs, solutions need to be taken in a short amount of time because there are a lot of resources that could be harvested that are destroyed. Many people argue that the lumber industry is one of the worst things that happen to the environment, however, it is nothing compared to what climate change causes to the forests.

           

http://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/canada-news-pmn/climate-change-a-ma...

 

Comments

I want to respond to this article because I find that it is an interesting take on the climate change issue. We normally see how these changes affect for example the glaciers in Antarctica or how islands are being submerged in the Pacific, but there are so many impacts that we are unaware about when we should be. I decided to follow your ideas by adding some other impacts that climate change has on forests. In a study entitled “Climate and air pollution impacts on habitat suitability of Austrian forest ecosystems” conducted by a group of Austrian researchers, results have shown that in the future, climate change will make Austrian forest habitat less suitable for species of all sorts due to an increase in temperature (Dirnbock et al, 2017, p.1). Climate change is not at the core of the problem, it is its relation with nitrogen deposition in the environment that endangers species (Dirnbock et al, 2017, p.2). Plants and animals living in the forests of Austria each have their unique ranges of tolerance, therefore a simple warming in the temperature can be lethal for some of them (Dirnbock et al, 2017, p.2). All in all, it is important to consider all of the consequences of climate change so we can have global image of this problematic and get people involved in reducing the negative impacts.
Reference List:
Dirnböck, T., Djukic, I., Kitzler, B., Kobler, J., Mol-Dijkstra, J. P., Posch, M., & ... Wamelink, W. W. (2017). Climate and air pollution impacts on habitat suitability of Austrian forest ecosystems. Plos ONE, 12(9), 1-16. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0184194

I want to respond to this article because I find that it is an interesting take on the climate change issue. We normally see how these changes affect for example the glaciers in Antarctica or how islands are being submerged in the Pacific, but there are so many impacts that we are unaware about when we should be. I decided to follow your ideas by adding some other impacts that climate change has on forests. In a study entitled “Climate and air pollution impacts on habitat suitability of Austrian forest ecosystems” conducted by a group of Austrian researchers, results have shown that in the future, climate change will make Austrian forest habitat less suitable for species of all sorts due to an increase in temperature (Dirnbock et al, 2017, p.1). Climate change is not at the core of the problem, it is its relation with nitrogen deposition in the environment that endangers species (Dirnbock et al, 2017, p.2). Plants and animals living in the forests of Austria each have their unique ranges of tolerance, therefore a simple warming in the temperature can be lethal for some of them (Dirnbock et al, 2017, p.2). All in all, it is important to consider all of the consequences of climate change so we can have global image of this problematic and get people involved in reducing the negative impacts.
Reference List:
Dirnböck, T., Djukic, I., Kitzler, B., Kobler, J., Mol-Dijkstra, J. P., Posch, M., & ... Wamelink, W. W. (2017). Climate and air pollution impacts on habitat suitability of Austrian forest ecosystems. Plos ONE, 12(9), 1-16. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0184194

Your summary interested me since it was an effect of climate change that I did not hear before. I feel like we always see consequences of climate change in other country but not much on what is going on in Canada. I found it interesting to learn about the effects in our country. Also, I believe that it is a subject that is underreported in comparison to other like the melting of glaciers and that it is important that we are aware of this issue. Moreover, It is really eyes opening that the article compared the issue of fire and invasive bugs with the lumber industry since it helps us understand the fullness of the problem. Moreover, you explained the process of destruction in a way that we can understand even better the impact.

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