pine beetle

Thu, 2008-04-24 17:18Mitchell Anderson
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Climate Change and Pine Beetles

To understand just how complex, scary and immediate climate change is, look no further than the case of the tiny mountain pine beetle.

Populations of this tree-eating insect have exploded over the last ten years due to warmer winters, devastating the majestic forests of western Canada and destroying over $20 billion in timber.

Now comes a frightening study published in the prestigious journal Nature that that the huge swaths of dead trees killed by the beetles are themselves emitting enormous quantities of carbon into the atmosphere as they decompose – further exacerbating our climate problems.

Rob Scagel

Rob K Scagel

 Credentials

  • M.Sc. (Botany). [1]

 Background

Rob Scagel is listed as the “principal consultant” for a company called Pacific Phytometric Consultants based in Surrey, BC, Canada.

Numerous sources describe Scagel as a “forest microclimate specialist.”

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