CO2 sequestration and Trees
dstaples at livingston.net
Thu Feb 13 12:32:27 EST 1997
John Skillman wrote:
> I don't have the numbers here in front of me but you would have to plant
> new forest over approx 1/3 of N. America to account for the CO2 being
> released there from fossil fuels EVERY YEAR. And what do you do once
> the trees have sequestered all the CO2? They can not be burned or
> allowed to decompose or you have made no gain whatsoever.
I am not a pro on the sequestering of CO2, however, trees are not the only source of CO2
scrubbing, nor are industrial sources the only producers of CO2. Any Chlorophyll
bearing plant converts CO2, so your other sources of sequestering include everything
from pond scum to redwoods.
And there is little chance of sequestering all the CO2, to many natural as well as man
made sources. This is basically an open system, with the only truely man made effected
portion of the loop being that of industrial release and, of course, how we treat the
plant biology portion of our community. Only in a totally closed loop system would
there be a basis for concern on your questions.
I am more concerned over chlor/flor releases than CO2. No natural source of reduction
for these two products.
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