Canada's continent-spanning forest used to remove massive amounts of CO2 from the air each year. It was a hugely valuable "carbon sink", slowing the pace of climate change and benefiting our logging industry.
The primary fuel of the climate crisis — CO2 in our atmosphere — continues to accelerate upwards, unchecked by decades of Earth Days, climate summits and even a global pandemic. Barry Saxifrage shows us where we are now, globally and in Canada.
"Seeing" our family car litter 15 plastic straws out its tailpipe every second on the highway completely changed my understanding of our climate pollution emergency. And then I did the math for my flight. Barry Saxifrage details his eye-opening findings.
The logging industry continues to cut faster than Canada's managed forests can keep up with. The resulting flood of CO2 is a rapidly growing climate threat, Barry Saxifrage writes, and Ottawa needs new climate policies to rein it in.