Carbon Stock, Afforestation and Acidic Deposition: An Analysis of Inter-Relation with Reference to Arid Areas
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Recent advances in desert afforestation underlines its viability and importance in combating global warming and acidification. In this paper, the inter-relation between afforestation, global warming and acid rain has been analyzed. Numerical simulations indicate that afforestation of deserts has distinct advantage as carbon sink and as an important factor for changing microclimate of the region rather than a source of energy. Acidic deposition may well be utilised as fertiliser in nutrient deficit soil of tropical arid areas. However, past trends and projections of acidic deposition in arid areas adjacent to Thar deserts indicate an early efforts are required to cap the opportunity. Delays may contribute towards more incidences of failures.
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