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Deadwood Releasing 10.9 Gigatons of Carbon Every Year – More Than All Fossil Fuel Emissions Combined

The Australian National University writes in SciTechDaily on a new report on carbon emissions.

The C3 Take
  • The report found that decaying trees worldwide release 10.9 gigatons of carbon every year, which is roughly equivalent to 115% of total annual fossil fuel emissions.
  • The scientists found that the primary drivers of tree decay were temperature increases and insects and other invasive species.
  • The report also found that tropical regions contributed the most CO2 from deadwood trees.
  • This report highlights the importance of forest management and nature-based solutions in addressing climate change.

“‘We found both the rate of decomposition and the contribution of insects are highly dependent on the climate, and will increase as temperatures rise. Higher levels of precipitation accelerate the decomposition in warmer regions and slow it down in lower temperature regions.'”

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