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Atlantic Forest stores less carbon due to drastic fragmentation [@mongabay]

Atlantic Forest stores less carbon due to drastic fragmentation Jeremy Hance mongabay.com September 26, 2011 The Atlantic Forest in Brazil is one of the most fragmented and damaged forests in the world. Currently around 12 percent of the forest survives, with much of it in small fragments, many less than 100 hectares. A new study in mongabay.com's open-access journal Tropical Conservation Science finds that the bloodied nature of the Atlantic Forest impacts its capacity to sequester carbon. The study found that 92 percent of the forest stored only half its potential carbon due to fragmentation and edge-effects, which includes damage due to winds and exposure to drought. Researchers measured carbon over three habitats in the Atlantic Forest and found that carbon stocks ranged from 42 tons of carbon per hectare at the forest edge to 579 tons of carbon per hectare in the fore...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0926-hance_tcs_atlanticfore...

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