Navigation Links
Forests' long-term potential for carbon offsetting
Date:4/14/2008

As well as cutting our fossil fuel emissions, planting new forests, or managing existing forests or agricultural land more effectively can capitalise on natures ability to act as a carbon sink. Research published online in the open access journal Carbon Balance and Management shows that although planting trees alone is unlikely to solve our climate problems, large-scale plantations could have a significant effect in the longer term.

Rik Leemans and colleagues from Wageningen University, the Netherlands and the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency modelled the future effects of carbon plantations. They estimated plantations long-term physical and social sequestration potential up to the end of the 21st century, and their effectiveness in slowing down the increase in atmospheric CO2.

The projected outcomes differ widely: the authors found a difference of nearly 100% in the sequestration potential up to 2100 between two baseline scenarios. This highlights the effect of future land use uncertainties. Social, economic and institutional barriers preventing carbon plantations in natural vegetation areas decrease the plantations sink potential by 75% or more. Nevertheless, the forests potential should not to be underestimated: Even the most conservative assumptions suggest that the cumulative sequestration potential up to 2100 can compensate for 5-7% of energy and industry related CO2 emissions.

However, trees arent a quick fix, Leemans cautions. The potential for the coming decades is limited due to the limited amount of available land and the long period needed to compensate for emissions related to the establishment of the plantations. The net sequestration up to 2020 is limited, given the short-term increased need for agricultural land and the long period needed to compensate for emissions through plantation establishment.

The most effective plantations occur in tropical regions, whereas the effectiveness of high latitude plantations is more questionable. Although plantations have a considerable carbon sink potential, the authors say that these should form part of a broader package of options, including reducing energy CO2 emissions.


'/>"/>

Contact: Charlotte Webber
charlotte.webber@biomedcentral.com
44-020-763-19980
BioMed Central
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. New approach to measuring carbon in forests
2. Workshop assesses interactions between climate, forests and land use in the Amazon Basin
3. Stakeholders use science to find common ground on wood supply from forests
4. Destruction of Sumatra forests driving global climate change and species extinction
5. Forests could benefit when fall color comes late
6. No convincing evidence for decline in tropical forests
7. Carbon sink capacity in northern forests reduced by global warming
8. New carbon calculator conserves forests
9. Beetle dung helps forests recover from fire
10. European Union forests expanding, absorbing carbon at surprisingly high rate: study
11. Univ. of Arizona receives $2.5 million to study Amazon forests and climate change
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/14/2017)... 14, 2017  Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center today ... chief executive officer (CEO). Freischlag joins the medical center ... McConnell , M.D., who last year announced that he ... Center, after leading it since 2008.   ... Wake Forest Baptist,s academic health system, which includes Wake ...
(Date:2/8/2017)... 8, 2017 About Voice Recognition Biometrics Voice ... it against a stored voiceprint template. Acoustic features ... and tone are compared to distinguish between individual ... as most PCs already have a microphone and ... recognition biometrics are most likely to be deployed ...
(Date:2/7/2017)... 2017   MedNet Solutions , an innovative SaaS-based ... clinical research, is pleased to announce that the latest ... highly flexible and award winning eClinical solution, is now ... is a proven Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) clinical research technology ... but also delivers an entire suite of eClinical tools ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:2/24/2017)... 2017 Provectus Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (OTCQB: PVCT, ... clinical-stage oncology and dermatology biopharmaceutical company, today is ... in its previously announced rights offering of up ... common stock and Series C Convertible Preferred Stock ... As previously announced, the rights ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... , Feb. 24, 2017 Symic Bio, a ... a new category of therapeutics, announced today the completion ... in peripheral artery disease. The trial will evaluate the ... therapeutic, in the reduction of restenosis following angioplasty. ... development milestone for SB-030," said Nathan Bachtell , ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... China Cord Blood Corporation (NYSE: CO ) ... blood collection, laboratory testing, hematopoietic stem cell processing and ... results for the third quarter and first nine months ... Third Quarter of Fiscal 2017 Highlights ... increased by 18.6% to RMB200.9 million ($28.9 million). ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... 2017 China Biologic Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBPO) ("China ... company in China, today announced its financial results for the ... Fourth Quarter 2016 Financial Highlights Total ... in RMB terms, or increased by 13.6% in USD terms ... of 2015. Gross profit increased by 13.3% ...
Breaking Biology Technology: