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Old growths remove 2.4 billion tonnes of carbon per year

September 12, 2011

Science Network


A JOINT study with the Australian Climate Change Science Program has found that the world’s established forests remove 2.4 billion tonnes of carbon per year from the atmosphere.


The report, funded by the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, the Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO, has also found deforestation emits more carbon emissions than previously thought—a staggering 2.9 billion tonnes of CO2 per year.


The report’s authors suggested the world’s carbon balance could be drastically improved through schemes like the United Nations backed Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation scheme.


Prof Harper believes plantations where trees are logged and then replaced are not a problem if they are properly managed, and in general terms, the carbon emitted and absorbed by cutting and replanting is balanced out.


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Keywords: Australia, carbon, Oceania, old growth, sequestration, storage

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