Combating Climate Change: What Will China’s Forestry Industry Do?
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Climate change is significantly affecting our planet (Kerr 2007). Global agreements and sustained action to mitigate climate change are urgently needed (King 2004). It is well known that forests play a large role in the global carbon cycle, and thus may be of prime importance in efforts to curb climate change. Carbon storage in existing forests, carbon emissions from deforestation, and carbon sequestration through afforestation and reforestation are important issues for land use policy makers. In 2000 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) estimated that the global carbon stock present in terrestrial ecosystems is about 2,477 Gt, of which 1,146 Gt or 46.3% is stored in forests (Watson et al. 2000). However, the terrestrial global carbon stock is constantly decreasing due to large-scale deforestation at a rate which cannot be offset by current afforestation and reforestation rates (Watson et al. 2000). Therefore, higher afforestation and reforestation rates and a lower...
KeywordsMitigate Climate Change Reduce Carbon Emission Artificial Forest Forest Carbon Storage Forest Carbon Sequestration
This research is funded by State Sci & Tech Supporting Project of China (2006BAD26B05, 2007BAC03A10).
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