2016-04-11

B.C.'s pine beetle-gnawed, carbon spewing forests recovering quickly says UVic researcher

A study out of University of Victoria says nature is finding a way to heal from the devastation of British Columbia’s mountain pine beetle outbreak.

The research from the UVic-led Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions says global warming is making B.C. forests grow faster and the trees are taking in more carbon dioxide, the gas associated with the globe’s steadily climbing temperatures.

Under normal conditions, forests act as so-called “carbon sinks,” scrubbing the atmosphere by pulling in CO2 while releasing oxygen.