Monday, July 21, 2008

We are so screwed

Why, why, why isn't the world taking this stuff seriously????

WASHINGTON - The world’s wetlands, threatened by development, dehydration and climate change, could release a planet-warming “carbon bomb” if they are destroyed, ecological scientists said on Sunday.

Wetlands contain 771 billion tons of greenhouse gases, one-fifth of all the carbon on Earth and about the same amount of carbon as is now in the atmosphere, the scientists said before an international conference linking wetlands and global warming.

If all the wetlands on the planet released the carbon they hold, it would contribute powerfully to the climate-warming greenhouse effect, said Paulo Teixeira, coordinator of the Pantanal Regional Environment Program in Brazil.

“We could call it the carbon bomb,” Teixeira said by telephone from Cuiaba, Brazil, site of the conference. “It’s a very tricky situation.”

Some 700 scientists from 28 nations are meeting this week at the INTECOL International Wetlands Conference at the edge of Brazil’s vast Pantanal wetland to look for ways to protect these endangered areas.

It's from an article entitled "Destroying Wetlands Could Unleash “Carbon Bomb” by Deborah Zabarenko.

1 comment:

  1. This is good. I think part of the problem is that the media mainly covers human-caused carbon emissions and rarely focuses on natural sources. That needs to change and soon or it won't matter how much we cut our vehicle emissions! But image is also part of it. Wetlands tend to lack large, charismatic animals (whales, pandas, etc...). People tend to want to help save charismatic animals. I'm not sure how that part of it can be worked out.


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