Thursday, March 10

CO2 Isn't Just From Smokestacks

Greenhouse Gas Online says:
"It is estimated that man-made changes in land-use have, until now, produced a cumulative global loss of carbon from the land of about 200 thousand million tonnes. Widespread deforestation has been the main source of this loss, estimated to be responsible for nearly 90 percent of losses since the mid-nineteenth century. Losses primarily occur due to the relatively long term carbon sinks of forests being replaced by agricultural land."
Meanwhile, EarthTrends claims Zambia has the second highest Cumulative Emissions from Land-Use Change in sub-Saharan Africa (at 6697 million metric tons), second only to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. That's a lot of deforestation without much being done to repair the problem.