This is dedicated to my daughter Bridget, who walked out of her high school class today to protest government inaction on climate change. Many of our problems, including climate change, can only be solved with one-child families.
Despite what is usually reported in the media, fossil fuel emissions are not the main cause of climate change. Climate change is human-made, however, it is primarily caused by deforestation, not fossil fuel emissions. And, if we continue to not accept this, we will never solve the problem.
Almost everyone accepts forest clear-cutting as a given, while the economic damage from smoke alone exceeds the forestry income and it is a root cause of climate change. Let’s see how it is all connected.
After hearing the sound of helicopter logging in the Ashland, Oregon watershed, I looked into forest thinning’s pros and cons. Here is what I found.