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Greenhouse Gas Lawsuits Filed Against Sierra Pacific Industries Clear-cutting Plans

by EF!Humboldt ~ January 27th, 2010. Filed under: Climate Justice, News, clear-cutting, sierra pacific industries.

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SAN FRANCISCO— The Center for Biological Diversity today filed lawsuits against the California Department of Forestry for illegally approving clearcut logging projects without properly analyzing the carbon emissions and climate consequences. The 15 logging plans … would clearcut more than 5,000 acres of California forests in the Sierra Nevada and Cascade regions.

Undisturbed forests generally act as carbon sinks, continuously absorbing CO2 from the atmosphere via photosynthesis and storing it in the forests’ trees, shrubs, and soil. … Clearcutting, which is also damaging to wildlife and water quality, generates the most greenhouse gases of any logging method.

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