Local temperature response to land cover and management change driven by non-radiative processes

Cooling forests: Here, we combine extensive records of remote sensing and in situ observation to show that non-radiative mechanisms dominate the local response in most regions for eight of nine common LCMC perturbations. We find that forest cover gains lead to an annual cooling in all regions south of the upper conterminous United States, northern Europe, and Siberia—reinforcing the attractiveness of re-/afforestation as a local mitigation and adaptation measure in these regions. Our results affirm the importance of accounting for non-radiative mechanisms when evaluating local land-based mitigation or adaptation policies.

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Frank Mancuso

Replacing natural phytosenthisis machines with electron machines is ludicrous. It’s a death of a thousand cuts blocking wind flows, absorbing heat in the name of CO2 reduction.

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