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    Default Alaska gambles on turning boreal forest into farmland

    Jonathan Vigliotti
    November 17, 2022

    Alaska's boreal forest is one of the largest trappers of carbon dioxide in the world. But as the state warms twice as fast as the rest of the U.S., once frozen land is now thawed out and up for grabs.
    "I see climate change in Alaska as an opportunity to bring in more crops, to develop more land," said Erik Johnson, who oversees the Nenana-Totchaket Agricultural Project for the Alaska Department of Natural Resources.
    In October, the project began auctioning off 140,000 acres of the forest, divided into parcels, to the highest bidders from all over the world.

    Continue reading at: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/alaska-...boreal-forest/
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    Someone once told me that it was easier to grow organically in northern (boreal) lands due to the colder climate curtailing any thriving insects. However, that does not explain chemical fertilizers and glyphosate, especially if the former forest lands eventually become bio-inert from conventonal farming practices as opposed to regenerative and biodynamic farming.
    QUESTION: if "boreal" pertains to colder country to the north, can "boreal" also be applied south of the equator towards the south pole, or is there another adjective for that??? https://www.cbsnews.com/news/alaska-...boreal-forest/

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    Default Re: Alaska gambles on turning boreal forest into farmland

    Those rarely seen lights are known in the southern hemisphere as Aurora Australis, so I guess the word is austral.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Julieanne View Post
    Those rarely seen lights are known in the southern hemisphere as Aurora Australis, so I guess the word is austral.
    If so, then I wonder where the word "boreal" originates??? https://www.thefreedictionary.com/boreal

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    Default Re: Alaska gambles on turning boreal forest into farmland

    Boreal: relating to or characteristic of the climatic zone south of the Arctic, especially the cold temperate region dominated by taiga and forests of birch, poplar, and conifers."northern boreal forest"
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