Use of Forests to Offset Carbon Emissions Requires an Understanding of the Risks

Use of Forests to Offset Carbon Emissions Requires an Understanding of the Risks
Use of Forests to Offset Carbon Emissions Requires an Understanding of the Risks
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Date: June 18, 2020


Source: University of Utah


Summary: Given the tremendous ability of forests to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, some governments are counting on planted forests as offsets for greenhouse gas emissions — a sort of climate investment. But as with any investment, it’s important to understand the risks. If a forest goes bust, researchers say, much of that stored carbon could go up in smoke.

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