Friday, January 21, 2011

Myth vs. Science

Among all of the misinformed assertions made during the course of the water supply debate, one of my favorites was that clear-cutting a mature forest and planting "replacement" saplings elsewhere is actually GOOD for the environment because new, growing trees absorb more carbon from the air than existing trees. An intriguing theory, but science tells us otherwise. To wit:

Old Growth Forests Are Valuable Carbon Sinks -- Environmental Network News

1 comment:

LearningByReading said...

I read a fascinating book by Campbell that emphasized the value of myth to the masses. Many scientists fancy themselves as being purveyors of the truth, but myth has lasted for a reason :)