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Fighting climate change with forests costs $393 billion a year

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on December 2 a modeling study published in nature communications shows that forest management activities may help reduce global CO2 emissions by up to 6 gigatons (6 billion tons) by 2050 the cost of these activities is $393 billion per year. It is believed that forests play a key role in helping to stabilize the climate have the potential to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. However the costs involved in this process have not been clarified.

Kemen Austin of the RTI International Institute in Durham North Carolina USA colleagues used an economic model from the global forestry sector to analyze the cost of reducing greenhouse gas emissions through forestry activities to achieve the 1.5 ° C target. The researchers estimated the emission reduction capacity cost of four activities in 16 regions. The four activities are avoiding logging forest management increasing regeneration times afforestation / reforestation. They estimated that up to 6 gigatons of CO2 could be stored in forests by 2055 at a cost of up to $393 billion a year. Avoiding tropical deforestation has the greatest impact on this scenario accounting for 30% - 54% of the total emission reduction. The researchers predict that afforestation / reforestation is expected to store up to 2.6 gigatons of CO2 per year by 2055.

experts believe that the research results confirm that global forestry may play a key role in cost-effective global climate change mitigation actions. For information about

please refer to: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-020-19578-z


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