Death to the Conifers!

Deforestation speeds up climate change in two ways: First, the loss of trees reduces the forests’ capacity to convert carbon dioxide through photosynthesis. Second, if deforestation is not carried out for the production of timber, but for the winning of arable land, it is often done by burning down forests, which in turn sets free even more carbon dioxide.

In the past years, there has been some progress in slowing down and even reversing this development through so-called REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) initiatives.

All the progress in the rainforests of Brazil and Sumatra is however in danger of being undone by the strange environmental policies of another country: Iran.

The Iranian military is reported to have set forests in the Kurdish region of the country on fire, arguing that these forests have served as a cover for Kurdish rebels.

With only 6.8 % of Iran’s area covered by forest, the Iranian government should maybe think of more sophisticated measures. But sophistication is the last thing we expected from the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran, isn’t it? Or maybe Iran is simply jealous of the massive tree-killing taking place in other places at this season?

About Andreas Moser

Travelling the world and writing about it. I have degrees in law and philosophy, but I'd much rather be a writer, a spy or a hobo.
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1 Response to Death to the Conifers!

  1. John Erickson says:

    Andreas – I had to read this a couple of times before I realised you were serious! Burning down forests to flush out rebels? Isn’t that a bit, well, medieval? Then again, with the draconian laws and punishments the Iranian government dispenses, the descriptive “medieval” fits. I guess starlight scopes and infrared cameras would just be too “Western decadent” for them. I’d suggest tracking dogs, but knowing how close the Iranians are with the North Koreans, the dogs might wind up on the dinner table rather than helping to find the rebels. (Yes, everybody else out there, that last WAS sarcasm.)
    Besides, Andreas, with your recent posts about Christmas, I was expecting some cleverly outrageous rant about Christmas trees! You got my hopes up for nothing! :D

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