Global Bo­real Per­spec­tive

Canadian Wildlife - - WILD THINGS -

The bo­real for­est en­com­passes one-third of the world’s forested area — in north­ern parts of North Amer­ica and Eura­sia.

It reg­u­lates the Earth’s cli­mate by stor­ing car­bon in peat de­posits, soil, lake sed­i­ments and trees, mit­i­gat­ing vol­umes of car­bon diox­ide and meth­ane, two gases linked to cli­mate change.

The bo­real for­est pro­duces a great deal of oxy­gen: thanks to bo­real trees in the North­ern Hemi­sphere, in spring and sum­mer global lev­els of car­bon diox­ide fall and oxy­gen lev­els rise.

Canada is home to one-third of the global bo­real for­est.

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