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Attacks on a Protective Canopy

Josh Haner, The New York Times

This is a photo essay linked to a New York Times story about climate-related stressors on forests -- including mountain pine beetles, forest fires, forest clearance, and ice storms -- and the importance of protecting forests as an important carbon sink.

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Biosphere drives the global carbon cycle
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Teaching Tips

  • Resource includes a link to a New York Times article, "With the Deaths of Forests, A Loss of Key Climate Protectors", which goes into the science in greater depth. This article is part of a series of articles on the impacts of climate change on the planet. Educators should consider using the articles and their associated media.

About the Science

  • Slideshow and its related media and story addresses the importance of the role of forests in the carbon cycle and threats to long-term survival of forests.
  • Comments from expert scientist: If combined with the associated article, "With the Death of Forests, a a Loss of Key Climate Protectors." the slide show is valuable.

About the Pedagogy

  • Resource components (slideshow, video, interactive maps and article) have good information and excellent visual quality. Best used as a package.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Excellent quality of images in the photos.

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