Ability of Indian forests as carbon sinks in question amid global warming

By Simon Sirur
January 29, 2024
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

INDIA — The ability of forests to take up carbon dioxide is driven by multiple feedback loops, which grow more complex as global warming sets in. A recent study from IIT Bombay finds that even though greening in India has increased over the last two decades, carbon uptake by forests has reduced. The study by researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay highlights the impacts of global warming on the forest ecosystem, suggesting that it may be affecting and reducing the carbon uptake potential of forests. …The findings send a “strong scientific message” that improvements in greening don’t necessarily result in improvements in carbon uptake. “This analysis also has significant implications on the scientific analyses for planning to achieve net zero by 2070, as committed by India,” says the paper, published in Nature in December 2023.

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