New Data Highlights Role of Forests in Fight Against Climate Change

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on October 16, 2010

“The USDA Forest Service today released new estimates of the total carbon storage of U.S. forests, highlighting the important role America’s forests play in the fight against climate change. According to the new data, 41.4 billion metric tons of carbon is currently stored in the nation’s forests, and due to both increases in the total area of forest land and increases in the carbon stored per acre, an additional 192 million metric tons of carbon are sequestered each year. The additional carbon sequestered annually offsets roughly 11 percent of the country’s industrial greenhouse gas emissions, the equivalent of removing almost 135 million passenger vehicles from the nation’s highways.”

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