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Natural History on the Big Screen – Feedback Loops: Forests

Archived Webinar

This Zoom webinar aired May 19, 2021, as part of the four-part virtual series, "Natural History on the Big Screen: Feedback Loops," which took place monthly from May to August, 2021. Watch a recording in the player above.


Watch a discussion about the short film "Feedback Loops: Forests," with Kristina Anderson-Teixeira (Ecologist and Leader of Smithsonian’s ForestGEO Ecosystems & Climate Program), Lola Fatoyinbo Agueh (Research Physical Scientist, Biospheric Sciences Lab, NASA GSFC) and Beverly Law (Professor Emeritus, College of Forestry, Oregon State University).

Moderator: Bill Moomaw (Professor Emeritus of International Environmental Policy, Fletcher School, Tufts University).

About the Film

The world’s forests are responsible for removing a quarter of all human carbon emissions from the atmosphere and are essential for cooling the planet. But that fraction is shrinking as the three major forests of the world — tropical, boreal, and temperate — succumb to the effects of climate feedback loops. The resulting tree dieback threatens to tip forests from net carbon absorbers to net carbon emitters, heating rather than cooling the planet.

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