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Main Title Slowing the Increase of Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide: A Biological Approach.
Author Schroeder, P. ; Ladd, L. ;
CORP Author NSI Technology Services Corp., Corvallis, OR.;Corvallis Environmental Research Lab., OR.
Publisher c1991
Year Published 1991
Report Number EPA-68-C8-0006; EPA/600/J-92/035;
Stock Number PB92-144070
Additional Subjects Air pollution control ; Carbon dioxide ; Sinks ; Trees(Botany) ; Forestry ; Pine trees ; Plant growth ; Environmental management ; Global aspects ; Douglas fir trees ; Carbon cycle ; Reforestation ; Afforestation ; Reprints ;
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
NTIS  PB92-144070 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
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Planting trees to act as carbon sinks has been suggested as a way to slow the increase of atmospheric CO2. Forestry growth and yield models were used to estimate that it would take 192 million hectares of Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) or 250 million hectares of Loblolly pine (Pinus taeda) to capture and store the United States' anthropogenic carbon emissions for an assumed period of 50 yr, at current emission rates. Although maximum growth rates are similar for both species. Douglas-fir requires less area because of its greater ability to store carbon, and its ability to maintain a high growth rate for a longer period of time. The usefulness of a particular species also depends in part on the length of the planning horizon and the forestry project. For periods of 50 or more years, it is important to consider a species' cumulative carbon storage potential rather than its potential maximum growth rate at some point during its life cycle. Forestation (reforestation and afforestation) appears to be feasible as a possible component of a comprehensive strategy for managing the CO2 problem, but it must be practiced globally to be effective. (Copyright (c) 1991 Kluwer Academic Publishers.)