UMD professor says global warming will destroy the northwoods

By KBJR News 1

UMD professor says global warming will destroy the northwoods

December 11, 2013 Updated Dec 11, 2013 at 10:24 PM CST

Duluth, Minn. (NNCNOW.com) -- It may be hard to think about global warming when temperatures are in the deep freeze, but a Professor is reminding people its consequences.

Dr. John Pastor says global warming will destroy the northwoods landscape.

Pastor says most of the trees we see such as birch, spruce and aspen will not be able to survive the gradual rise in temperatures.
He says the northwoods will turn into a prairie.

Pastor says the rise of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere given off by fossil fuels is causing global warming.

One solution he says is changing the way we use timber products which can be used to store carbon dioxide rather than emitting it into the atmosphere.

"If we have a timber industry that is going more towards hard products, saw timber type products and we think of doors and furniture and buildings as carbon storage devices, we can actually take carbon out of the atmosphere and store it, a large amount," said Pastor, biology professor at UMD.

Pastor says talking to elected officials about ways to combat global warming can also help slow down the problem.

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.
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