06 Feb '12, 5am

Planet Save: "Tropical Vegetation Stores More Carbon".

Planet Save: "Tropical Vegetation Stores More Carbon".

A new study shows that tropical vegetation contains 21 percent more carbon dioxide than previous similar studies had suggested.The study produced maps of carbon storage of forest, shrub lands, and savannas in the tropics of Africa, Asia and South America. Published in the journal Nature Climate Change , the study was conducted by scientists from Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC), Boston University, and the University of Maryland who created the “wall-to-wall” map with a spatial resolution of 500 metres by 500 metres. The results from this study, lead researchers believe that current models may overestimate the net flux of carbon into the atmosphere due to tropical vegetation loss by 11 to 12 percent, meaning that when vegetation is lost – deforestation – more carbon is being lost than previously anticipated. In fact, the scientists estimated, for example, that tropical for...

Full article: http://planetsave.com/2012/02/06/tropical-vegetation-stor...

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