Preserving Forest as Natural Carbon Sink
Global forests provide a net “carbon sink” that absorbs a net 7.6 billion metric tonnes of CO2 per year. Gross carbon removal 15.6 billion of tonnes of global annual CO2 equivalent emissions (GtCO2e/year) and gross emissions from deforestation and other disturbances of 8.1 GtCO2e yr.
These emissions are now set to substantially increase due to wildfires from the Boreal forests of the arctic, to the temperate forests in North America, Europe and Asia.
The Planet’s ecosystem has remained in a balance because the natural process of forests that absorbs CO2 and releases O2.
For this to happen, forests must be in good health and must constantly renew and regrow.
The natural cycle of forest life of regeneration, regrowth and regreening now needs a human push and support because climate change, induced draughts and extremities have brought forests under great strain. As forests die, are cut or they burn, they become net emitters of Co2. This would be an enormous catastrophe for the planetary life system.
Scientists are certain that maintaining existing forests and preventing their destruction from fires or other natural or manmade calamities, is the best hope for continued carbon sequestration. Forest carbon stores and continued carbon sequestration must be maintained. If this balance falters or fails, earth might see a domino effect in climate caused emergencies.
Smart forest management whereby forests are trimmed, vegetation is managed, invasive species are removed, pests and bugs are treated, fuel is removed, trees are regrown gives the best result in healthy trees that continue to be carbon sinks.
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