Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Wildfires Spew Tons of Global-warming Gas

The wildfires in California two weeks ago spewed 8.7 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Wildfires in the United States dump 322 million tons annually into the sky, but this alone accounts for only five percent of what the United States emits by burning fossil fuels. This is according to the new research published online by the peer-reviewed journal Carbon Balance and Management. Some people believe that global warming is caused by these fires, because in addition to releasing millions of tons of carbon dioxide, they destroy millions of trees. This is called a carbon offset.

Did you know that every acre burned the carbon dioxide emissions are equivalent to two cars being driven for a year?

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