Conservation News: World’s Forests Could Trap 20% More Carbon Than Thought

forest photo courtesy of delhidailynews.com
forest photo courtesy of delhidailynews.com

A new study released on Tuesday showed that forests across the world are capable of holding 20 percent more carbon than earlier thought. If the findings are correct then it means that extra 125 billion tonnes of carbon can increase the forest-based carbon credits, which may be offered in carbon markets across the globe.

Forests are the largest hub of carbon as the trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, which reduce the concentration of carbon in atmosphere and keep global warming under control.

Deforestation leads to the increase of carbon in atmosphere as we cut down trees which adsorb this heat-causing gas.

Scientists from the University of Edinburgh have come up with a new 3D technology which could be used to measure the carbon content of forests. The scientists claimed that the new technology is more detailed and accurate than all other existing methods.

This article appeared in and is courtesy of delhidailynews.com and can be read in its entirety here.

The rainforests of Indonesia are home to orangutans, and the peatland there holds much of the world’s carbon.

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