"New York, New York - A study published in the Nature Sustainability
reveals the most important places in the world worth protecting, because
protecting their stored CO2 is yet another piece to the puzzle of stopping
The study mapped out hotspots of stored CO2, like in forests or under
permafrost, and explained which areas need special protection to help keep the
average global temperature from warming too much.
Called "irrecoverable carbon", the CO2 that is in these areas couldn't be
captured and stored again until after 2050, one of the deadlines for keeping
climate change in check.
"Since 2010, agriculture, logging, and wildfire have caused emissions of at
least four billion tons of irrecoverable carbon."
Those types of land-use change and the worsening impact of the climate crisis
are now a looming threat to the remaining stored CO2.
However, there is some excellent news in the report, "Half of Earth’s
irrecoverable carbon is concentrated on just 3.3% of its land."
That land includes the Pacific Northwest – the coastal forests stretching up
the West Coast from Oregon into Canada – as well as "grasslands, wetlands, and
forests" in Russia, the UK, the Amazon, Congo, Southeast Asia, and Australia.
One third of that vital stored carbon is already under the watchful eyes of
indigenous activists and local groups, who keep tabs on environments that lock
Another 23% is shielded by national parks and other protected areas, and
keeping the remaining 50% safe is crucial to stopping climate change."
Via Robert Sanscartier.
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics