Local cooling value of forests: fighting global warming more than previously understood

Local cooling value of forests affirms need for greater forest conservation, protection

Posted: 27 Mar 2017 08:46 AM PDT  ScienceDaily article here

Forests take up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. At the same time, forests promote the turbulent mixing of air near the surface and transpire large amounts of moisture to the atmosphere. A new study exposes the importance of these processes in keeping much of the planet’s surface cool….

Ryan M. Bright, Edouard Davin, Thomas O’Halloran, Julia Pongratz, Kaiguang Zhao, Alessandro Cescatti. Local temperature response to land cover and management change driven by non-radiative processes. Nature Climate Change, 2017; DOI: 10.1038/nclimate3250