31 May '11, 7am

New global carbon map for 2.5 billion ha of forests via @mongabay

New global carbon map for 2.5 billion ha of forests via @mongabay

(03/25/2010) Global forest loss has diminished since the 1990s but still remains "alarmingly high", according to a preliminary version of a new assessment from the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The report, Global Forest Resources Assessment 2010 (FRA 2010), shows that global forest loss slowed to around 13 million hectares per year during the 2000s, down from about 16 million hectares per year in the 1990s. It finds that net deforestation declined from about 8.3 million hectares per year in the 1990s to about 5.2 million hectares per year in the 2000s, a result of large-scale reforestation and afforestation projects, as well as natural forest recovery in some countries and slowing deforestation in the Amazon. Temperate forests store more carbon than tropical forests, finds study (07/17/2009) Temperate forests trump rainforests when it comes to storing carbo...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0531-carbon_map.html

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