Geography - Effectiveness of strategies in responding to rainforest
Effectiveness of strategies in responding to rainforest destruction
Agreements such as 'carbon credits' can be used to regenerate tree
The planting of forest as a carbon store is where sea level change meets
rainforest destruction. There is increasing recognition that forests may be
the best line of defence against climate change because of their ability to
absorb the heat-trapping greenhouse  gas carbon dioxide. A reduction in
deforestation  and uncontrolled forest fires would increase this
capacity of the forests to act as a carbon sink. By planting forests, or
even through accounting tricks with existing forests, some countries could
claim enough carbon credits to avoid taking any action to reduce pollution.
Unrestricted use of carbon trading could allow polluters in the U.S. and
elsewhere to avoid reducing their greenhouse pollution by simply buying
carbon credits from other nations.
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