A sort of good article in today's Economist about feeble carbon trapping and global warming all as a result of our failure to vacuum up what co2 is already up there. Of course they never talk about the Boreal forest; its role in carbon trapping, and It seems to me that I never get to read about our Canadian Shield. Doesn't anyone know about this except Canadians? That piece of Precambrian rock that supports the second largest forest in the world comprising half the land mass of the country extending about 2 million square miles and add on 100 thousand square miles of Adirondacks, some of Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. The Boreal is close in size to the Amazon forest of 2.72 square million miles. The Shield will always be there, forest trapping carbon as usual as you can't plow Precambrian rock. And then again we have 20 percent of the world's fresh water, 7 percent of it renewable. Water that moves or can be made to move can make electricity which doesn't make carbon. We have a natural capacity, which is a blessing, to contribute to the trapping, sequestering and reduction of carbon. From the overleaf of the of the Illustrated Natural History of Canada , " Canadians are a Shield race.Their land forms the buttress of the continent and they live with this permanent reminder of the elemental process. They live with bedrock and bush and a million hidden lakes always at their backs They live with a greedy secret of riches.They live with the terrifying Boreal, god of the cold void. The Shield is bedrock, the primal stuff. This is one of the things a Canadian knows---without perhaps even knowing he knows it." Lucky us, lucky world, everyone should shape up.
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