Planting Trees In The Right Place

November 11, 2008 04:31 by Carbonica

New research demonstrates the key role of rainforest restoration to offset carbon emissions. In a research article published in the journal Environmental Research Letters,  a group of researchers found that forest restoration in the tropics is most efficient to combat climate change because carbon capture assists the water cycle, creating cloud feedbacks and decreasing the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere.

We have always believed in the beneficial impact of our rainforests in fighting global warming, and it is nice to come across research articles endorsing this view. The full article can be read here: http://www.iop.org/EJ/article/-search=59298093.1/1748-9326/3/4/044006/erl8_4_044006.pdf?request-id=c66ad5b9-243f-47f2-b72a-854c7674e6f8 (in PDF format).

The authors emphasize the importance of scientifically assessing the geographical location, specimens of trees and habitat prior to planting, to ensure that the ecosystem will be efficient as a carbon sink.

Without a scientific assessment, tree planting can result in unexpected side effects. For example in temperate climates such as Western Europe and North America, and more specifically in snow covered land, trees can contribute to the darkening of the landscape and increase sunlight retention, increasing regional warming. It is important to assess these factors to manage the forest as a carbon sink and to combat global warming, not to contribute to it.

For this reason Carbonica only supports reforestation and afforestation (conversion of open land into forest) in the tropics (specifically Central America), where the scientific case to consider these as efficient carbon capture and global cooling mechanisms is strong and well documented.

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