Tropical forests fight carbon better than we hoped

30 December 2014

A study recently led by NASA experts has revealed that the Earth's tropical forests are somehow absorbing more carbon dioxide (CO2) than experts thought possible, taking the harmful greenhouse gas from our atmosphere at unprecedented rates.

The study, recently published in the journal Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), details how NASA experts and their peers determined a stunning new way to conduct the normal "apples-to-apples" comparison between various forms of vegetation as a carbon sink. Namely, the researchers discovered how to differentiate between and measure carbon absorbed by various forests across the globe.

That kind of knowledge not only helps scientists make more accurate and detailed carbon-cycle models, but it also helps experts better focus conservation efforts, highlighting what kinds of forests in what parts of the world are invaluable in the fight against greenhouse gas release.

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