05 Jun '11, 11am

Rising forest density offsets climate change

Rising forest density offsets climate change

Rising forest density in many countries is helping to offset climate change caused by deforestation from the Amazon basin to Indonesia, a study showed on Sunday. -- PHOTO: JEAN QINGWEN LOO OSLO - RISING forest density in many countries is helping to offset climate change caused by deforestation from the Amazon basin to Indonesia, a study showed on Sunday. The report indicated that the size of trees in a forest - rather than just the area covered - needed to be taken into account more in UN-led efforts to put a price on forests as part of a nascent market to slow global warming. 'Higher density means world forests are capturing more carbon,' experts in Finland and the United States said of the study in the online journal PLoS One, issued on June 5 which is World Environment Day in the UN calendar. Trees soak up carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas, as they grow and relea...

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