Europe’s forest management has not helped to fight climate change

By Sebastiaan Luyssaert
Horizon Magazine
November 24, 2017
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

While it seems common sense that planting more trees should help remove carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere and thereby cool the planet, Europe’s forest management strategies have actually not helped to fight climate change, according to Professor Sebastiaan Luyssaert, from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He looked back to 1750 to see the effect of planting different types of trees on the amount of carbon that is absorbed and heat that is produced. …‘The main finding (is that) if you manage the carbon cycle, although it is unintended, you also change albedo (reflectivity) and transpiration (transfer of water from plants to the atmosphere). So if you manage the carbon cycle by choosing a different tree species, that tree species comes with its own albedo and its own transpiration.’

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