Forests, like other ecosystems, provide ‘ecosystem services’. These are services people need (such as pollination and flood control) and use, but often don’t realise we depend on. They provide us with essential services like the uptake and storage of carbon - reducing human’s impact on the climate. Now, new science is emerging on another ecosystem service provided by forests: Their influence on global weather patterns.
Forests are a vital part of the water cycle as they transfer water from the ground into the atmosphere (evapotranspiration), which eventually falls back to earth as rain. It’s been known for some time that deforestation weakens this cycle locally. However, it now appears that the influence of forests over rainfall and weather patterns is not just local, but extends to whol... Read more >