In an article yesterday in the Guardian UK, the paper reports that Canadian provincial governments and aboriginal leaders have set aside vast amounts of coniferous woods, wetlands and peats, and the conservation bans logging, mining and oil drilling on an area twice the size of California.
The article mentions how the move is somewhat an anomaly for Canada, as it has been accused internationally as being a pariah and sabotaging the climate talks.
Forests (or lack of them) play an important role in climate change - deforestation produces about 20% of the global greenhouse gas emissions.
Canada's 1.3bn acres of boreal forest store the equivalent of 27 years' worth of current global greenhouse gas emissions, a Greenpeace study found. The destruction of those forests, scientists warn, would be like setting off a massive "carbon bomb" because of the sudden release of emissions.