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Caldeira Lab Research:Land Processes, Carbon and Climate

Phone message on land-cover change (16 Jan 2007)

On January 16, 2007, I published an Op-Ed piece in the New York Times on forests and climate. This Op-Ed was based on a presentation at the Fall 2006 American Geophysical Union meeting.

Forests in areas with seasonal snow tend to exert a net warming influence. Thus, people who do not view preventing climate change as part of a broader strategy to preserve our natural endowment could potentially use our results to argue that we should chop down forests to help slow climate change (and thereby somehow help our environment !?).

This is, of course, crazy.

Nevertheless, that day, I received the following phone message on my telephone from an anonymous reader.