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1.2M trees to be planted in S. Mindanao vs global warming

SunStar – May 1, 2007

If the areas that are covered by ice (principally Greenland and Antarctica) appreciably warm and that ice melts, the oceans will surely rise. The estimates vary as to the level of this rise in ocean level but islands and coastal areas will see the brunt of this change.

This article concerns the reforestation of parts of the Philippines in an effort to reverse years of denuding as well as a mission to stop the climate change.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) here has allocated more than P10 million for its reforestation program in Southern Mindanao.

Calderon said they expect to plant more than 1.2 million seedlings all over the region before the end of the year.

He revealed that reforestation is the best way to avert the looming crisis of global warming.

…cited the abnormal current and wave movement last year that greatly affected coastal communities in Southern Mindanao as an example of what is possible effect that global warming has on the region.

… global warming will definitely affect the agriculture, economy, and health of the region. With the change in climate, Davao Region may not be anymore suitable for the present agriculture industries it caters to today.

Just as we have contributed to global warming in our own little way, we must also contribute in the solution of the problem

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3 Responses to “1.2M trees to be planted in S. Mindanao vs global warming”

  1. I am all in favour of certain environmental efforts. Such as conserving energy, finding economically viable alternatives to fossil fuels (oil in particular), and recycling.

    Planting trees is also one of them. And while tree planting may be a good thing, doing it to combat global warming strikes me as (by sheer blind chance ending up) doing a good thing for the wrong reason. In the short term it may be beneficial, so no complaints, but in the long run reason 1’s goals will begin to diverge from reason 2’s.

    In this case, particularly because trees planted out of th tropics may actually raise the temperature.
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,,1972648,00.html

    So if trees are planted only to slow global warming, should forests in temperate climes then be cut down? Therefore, why the correct reason goes hand in hand with doing the correct thing.

  2. I wrote about the planting trees paradox also in this blog (http://globalwarming-factorfiction.com/2007/04/14/junk-science-can%e2%80%99t-see-the-warming-for-the-trees/) and I agree that the benefits of planting trees tends to be marginal.

    The closest explanation that I have found is that when the trees are actively growing, they capture CO2 fairly well. However, when they are older, their benefit is less pronounced and eventually when they die and decompose they give back this CO2 into the atmosphere. Essentially, over their lifetime and composted death, trees are carbon neutral.

    I did read one suggestion that was so ridiculous I won’t publish it on my site. Someone advocated growing trees and then when they reach adulthood, cut them down and put them into a giant pit filled with a neutral gas so that they do not decompose. That way they never give back the CO2 that they absorbed when growing. After laughing at the absurdity of this, I deleted the link from my computer.

  3. Awww. Absurdity makes for the best mockery-fodder.

    Trees are good for urban health, absorbing some of the pollution and brightening up the dull gray landscape. They provide the best shade in my opinion, as their leaves do not heat up and then radiate heat like metal sheet roofing does. Just don’t park your car under one overnight. Whatever colour it may have been, it will be white in the morning…