U.S. environmental group raises alarm on clear-cutting in boreal forest

By Ainslie Cruickshank
The Toronto Star
November 6, 2017
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

U.S.-based Natural Resources Defense Council has taken issue with Canada’s commitment to climate leadership through a new report that says Canada is largely failing to measure and report carbon emissions from clear-cutting in the boreal forest with potentially huge global ramifications. Canada needs to both “live up to its rhetoric” and “ratchet up its ambitions,” said report author Josh Axelrod, an NRDC policy analyst, ahead of the annual UN climate change conference. …The Forest Products Association of Canada and the Ontario government, meanwhile, say forestry — which contributed $23 billion to Canada’s nominal GDP in 2016 — can help mitigate the effects of climate change. “In Ontario, protecting forests does not necessarily result in the creation of a carbon sink,” Jolanta Kowalski, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, said in a statement.

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