Friday, November 26, 2021

Anastassia Makarieva on the role of forests in Earth's climate


If you can, do spend half an hour to watch the talk that Anastassia Makarieva gave at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) on 24.11.2021.

It is not easy stuff if you are not familiar with the field of atmospheric water circulation, but it is worth making the effort. Anastassia and her colleagues are doing nothing less than revolutionizing the way we understand the role of forests in the ecosystem. Rather than being a passive entity for humans to make chairs and cricket bats, forests may actually be what makes life on Earth possible, they are part of the great planetary holobiont that uses forests to regulate itself. 


  1. Dear Ugo:
    Thanks you for supporting Anastassia's work over the years. Where can I obtain a text version of this or something with the same information?

    Many thanks,


  2. Dear Ugo:
    Where is the best summary of this talk or similar in printed format?
    I am glad you promote her.


  3. Dear Quercus, thank you for your interest!
    This talk is new and contains unpublished work in progress. We hope to get published it at a certain point, but this sometimes takes years (see here for an example).
    For some published stuff, please see here:
    Most recent on forests, see here:
    Warm regards,
    Anastassia Makarieva

    1. Dear Anastassia:
      Thank you for your response and the links.

      I think your work is essential and I wish you had better exposure in the West. Unfortunately, new ideas outside the mainstream scientific "Anglosphere" are often ignored.

      I often despair about the future of the world environment, but one must keep trying and continue the "real work", as you do.

      All the best,

      P.S. Ugo: thank you so much for a most interesting set of three blogs.



Ugo Bardi is a member of the Club of Rome, faculty member of the University of Florence, and the author of "Extracted" (Chelsea Green 2014), "The Seneca Effect" (Springer 2017), and Before the Collapse (Springer 2019)