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Canada must urgently prioritize efforts to protect its forests from the adverse impacts of climate change

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Canada must urgently prioritize efforts to protect its forests from the adverse impacts of climate change, particularly the boreal forest, which covers much of Canada and Alaska. A new study, conducted by researchers from prestigious institutions including the White Rose universities of York and Leeds, as well as Oxford, Montreal, and ETH, Switzerland, underscores the critical need for long-term action.

The study, published in the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, offers alarming insights into the potential consequences of climate change on ecosystems over the next 500 years. Unlike conventional models that typically project outcomes until 2100, this research provides a more comprehensive understanding of the long-term effects of climate change on forests and other ecosystems.



The boreal forest, renowned for its role in carbon storage and water regulation, faces significant threats under future climate scenarios. With projections indicating drastic changes in atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, the boreal forest and adjacent tundra regions are at risk of substantial disruption. Already, we are witnessing shifts in plant colonization in tundra regions, indicative of ongoing ecological transformations.

Furthermore, the slow migration rates of trees exacerbate the challenges posed by climate change. Unlike animals and humans, trees cannot swiftly adapt to changing conditions, heightening the risk of species loss and ecosystem destabilization. The implications are profound, not only for biodiversity but also for the countless species reliant on forest habitats for survival.

Dr. Christopher Lyon of the University of York emphasizes the importance of extending our perspective beyond short-term emission targets and climate model predictions. While some level of adaptation is inevitable, proactive measures must be taken to mitigate the severity of future impacts. Failure to act decisively could result in irreversible damage to ecosystems, jeopardizing the resilience of forests and their ability to mitigate climate change.

Canada, as a custodian of vast expanses of forests, holds a significant responsibility in safeguarding these vital ecosystems. Enhanced conservation efforts, coupled with ambitious climate action, are imperative to protect the boreal forest and mitigate the far-reaching consequences of climate change. By investing in forest protection measures and supporting research initiatives aimed at understanding long-term ecological dynamics, Canada can demonstrate global leadership in addressing one of the most pressing challenges of our time.

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  • George Kariuki

    6 w

    This is a wake-up call for Canada! The boreal forest is critical for fighting climate change, and it's at risk.

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    • Edwin wangombe

      6 w

      @george_kariuki I hope this review will get to them and that they will do what's right

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    • mary Mwihaki

      6 w

      This is great idea canada must take this responsibility and take care of the forest which will go a long way in creating habitat environment for the wildlife that depend on forest.

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      • Edwin wangombe

        6 w

        @mary_dosarah It is high time the Canadian government realizes the importance of forests and makes a commitment to protect them

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      • Saustine Lusanzu

        7 w

        This is a nice idea, we all know how forests preserve global health by giving out rain, food and other valuable things.

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        • Edwin wangombe

          6 w

          @saustine_lusanzu Forests are a valuable natural resource for humanity as it is a rich hub of biodiversity and also help clean the air we breathe

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        • Elizabeth Gathigia

          7 w

          Forests play a very important role as habitat for all species and should be protected with all means,

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          • Saustine Lusanzu

            7 w

            @elizbeth_gathigia exactly and some of the important animal may disappear once we clear forests

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            • Edwin wangombe

              6 w

              @elizbeth_gathigia Imagine someone cutting off your lungs... this is what happens when people don't conserve the forests, they choke the planet.

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            • Princess

              7 w

              I agree. Canada's forests are incredibly valuable, both ecologically and economically, and they are increasingly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. By prioritizing efforts to mitigate these risks and promote forest resilience, Canada can help preserve biodiversity, maintain vital ecosystem services, and support the well being of both wildlife and communities that depend on forests.

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              • Edwin wangombe

                6 w

                @princess_nel_268 well said... the forests are so important in the community that's why we need to protect them

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              • Joseph Githinji

                7 w

                A splendid idea, Canada must take this noble responsibility and take care of the forests which will go a long way in creating a habitable environment now and in the future.

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                • Saustine Lusanzu

                  7 w

                  @joseph_githinji exactly, and this must be taken Into action since we don't have planet B, and forest plays a crucial role in human beings lives and ecosystem at all

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                  • Edwin wangombe

                    6 w

                    @joseph_githinji I agree... forests need to protect with all means

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                    • Annett Michuki..

                      6 w

                      @joseph_githinji exactly forests must be protected by all means

                    • walter lungayi

                      7 w

                      Great Idea!! As a country abundant in natural resources, safeguarding its forests is essential for mitigating the impacts of climate change and preserving biodiversity for future generations.

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                      • Saustine Lusanzu

                        7 w

                        @walter_lungayi yes, when forests are protected well we can preserve the natural resources and animals for the future generations

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                        • Edwin wangombe

                          6 w

                          @walter_lungayi Well said... the forest is a rich hub of biodiversity and it helps clean the air we breathe which makes its protection and conservation vital

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                          • Annett Michuki..

                            6 w

                            @walter_lungayi sure, these forests are needed for our future

                          • Rashid Kamau

                            7 w

                            Forests play key role in our vision to reduce the effects of global warming hence measures needs to be implemented to protect them.

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                            • Edwin wangombe

                              6 w

                              @rashid_kamau I agree... forests are the lungs of this planet and without them, the planet will choke to death with everything in it, hence it is important to protect them...

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                              • Annett Michuki..

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                                @rashid_kamau I second you on this

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