posted on Oct, 16 2013 @ 02:33 PM
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Link to Article
From the article:
While models typically take into account how plants and microbes affect the carbon cycle, they often underestimate how much animals can indirectly
alter the absorption, release, or transport of carbon within an ecosystem, says Oswald Schmitz, the Oastler Professor of Population and Community
Ecology at F&ES and lead author of the paper. Historically, the role of animals has been largely underplayed since animal species are not distributed
globally and because the total biomass of animals is vastly lower than the plants that they rely upon, and therefore contribute little carbon in the
way of respiration.
Here is one real-world example cited in the study:
In one case, an unprecedented loss of trees triggered by the pine beetle outbreak in western North America has decreased the net carbon balance on
a scale comparable to British Columbia's current fossil fuel emissions.
This all without human contribution....a natural event that mimcs a man-made impact. Very interesting indeed, and makes one wonder how many more of
these have been overlooked and the resulting impact blamed upon a human cause?
Does this mean that man-made climate change is all bunk? Ahhhh.... a definitive no. Just that up until now, it has been found that the effect of
natural forces (i.e. plant/animal impacts) have been whoafully underestimated in the current climate models used to advance the Carbon Credit markets.
Well, is that no surprise here? After all, how much money can be made in the management of animals and plants compared to scaring and guilting people
into buying and selling carbon credits?
I would like to see the models updated with this new found information and see what impact is them predicted from man-made assistance. Will we see
this done? I guess that depends upon how it would impact the political and economic landscape.