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Desert vs. climate change: Fight!
by Andrew Kiraly | posted April 9, 2014
Trees, trees, trees. Everyone is crazy about trees. Okay, I get it. They’re these big, green, leafy things that look pretty, create shade and attract birds and picnickers. They grow fruit — it’s like a vending machine provided by Mother Nature! — and even their blood can be tasty on pancakes. They’re also often affectionately cited as an effective Band-Aid for global climate change, as trees — provided they’re in the right location, such as the equator — sponge up carbon emissions and generate moisture, which in turn helps spawn clouds that act like big reflective windowshades, making for an overall cooling effect. You go, trees.
Intuitively, you might think it follows that desert — really, if you think about it, the anti-tree — has nothing positive whatsoever to contribute to putting the brakes on global climate change. Deserts just kind of sit around and be all hot and dusty, right? Not necessarily. A new study that considers some research done in our own backyard has found that arid deserts act as sinks or traps for carbon emissions, absorbing a significant amount of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. From an NBC story on the study:
That’s the good news — that is, uh, if there is any good news in this. The bad news, of course, is that the rapidly accelerating rate of carbon emissions almost renders the sponging effect of deserts — and perhaps even trees — largely moot.
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