Forests Helping to Offset Carbon Emissions

London, United Kingdom (PressExposure) February 22, 2009 -- The forests of Africa, Amazonia and Asia are straining to help slow global warming. A study has shown that trees are sucking in more carbon than ever, despite the fact that the world continues to get warmer due to greenhouse gas emissions. Scientists from the University of Leeds studied the girth of 70,000 trees across Africa and concluded that the trees are helping to keep the world cooler than it would be without them.Simon Lewis, who led the study, suggested that almost a fifth of the earth`s carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions were being counteracted by the trees.`We are receiving a free subsidy from nature,` he said. `Tropical forests are absorbing 18 per cent of the CO2 added to the atmosphere each year from burning fossil fuels. `Published in the journal Nature, the study showed that trees are getting bigger, with each hectare of intact African forest trapping more than half a tonne of extra carbon per year, when compared to the 1960s. The scientists warn that the offsetting effect won`t last forever as the trees will not continue to grow at the same rate. Scientists in Russia recently warned that although global warming could free up more arable land, it is also likely to bring new pests such as locusts.

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