Photo of the week #20 – Climate change threatens the world’s Boreal Forests

Photographer: James Bareham
Boreal Forests
Publication: Rio Conventions Calendar

Over 30% of the world’s forests are in the far North, with boreal forests covering 17% of the Earth’s land surface area and acting as a major storage area for carbon.

As a result of the warming climate, these forests may be in decline.

Predictions from Greenpeace say between 50 and 65% of the overall coverage of the boreal forests could be lost to climate change.

Contributory factors may include a slowing growth of some trees as temperatures rise, drought stress, and infestations of destructive insects whose geographic range is expanding.

The Rio Conventions Calendar is published annually by Entico in partnership with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).

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