15 Jul '11, 3am

Another reason why forests are worth paying to save: don't just release carbon when burned, but absorb it when intact:

Study Shows Forests Have Bigger Role In Slowing Climate Change Date: 15-Jul-11 Country: SINGAPORE Author: David Fogarty General view of La Selva biological station in Sarapiqui, 80 miles (129 km) north of San Jose, Costa Rica Jan 11, 2006. Photo: Reuters file The world's forests can play an even greater role in fighting climate change than previously thought, scientists say in the most comprehensive study yet on how much carbon dioxide forests absorb from the air. The study may also boost a U.N.-backed program that aims to create a global market in carbon credits from projects that protect tropical forests. If these forests are locking away more carbon than thought, such projects could become more valuable. Trees need large amounts of planet-warming carbon dioxide (CO2) to grow, locking away the carbon in the trunks and roots. But scientists have struggled to figure out ex...

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