Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Making Deforestation Unprofitable is Key to Bali Success

Deforestation puts more carbon dioxide in the air than all the world's automobiles, yet it wasn't even considered in the Kyoto Treaty. With carbon capture technologies like ocean fertilization and ground sequestration still experimental, and farmers in developing nations cutting forests to make room for biofuel and food crops, the future looks bleak -- unless, that is, a forest protection system is established in Bali... The costs can be covered. The forests can be monitored. Developing countries want this. The trick is getting developed countries on board, then making sure that everyone plays by the rules. But so long as keeping trees produces lots more money than cutting them down, people will love their forests...(Wired Science blog, 4/12/2007). Relevant links to articles are available.

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