Managing Forests for Climate Change Mitigation

  title={Managing Forests for Climate Change Mitigation},
  author={Josep G. Canadell and Michael R. Raupach},
  pages={1456 - 1457}
Forests currently absorb billions of tons of CO2 globally every year, an economic subsidy worth hundreds of billions of dollars if an equivalent sink had to be created in other ways. Concerns about the permanency of forest carbon stocks, difficulties in quantifying stock changes, and the threat of environmental and socioeconomic impacts of large-scale reforestation programs have limited the uptake of forestry activities in climate policies. With political will and the involvement of tropical… 
Carbon sequestration in managed temperate coniferous forests under climate change
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Forest carbon management under the changing climate: research challenges
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Managing Afforestation and Reforestation for Carbon Sequestration: Considerations for Land Managers and Policy Makers
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Global potential of biospheric carbon management for climate mitigation.
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Potential for Climate Change Mitigation in Degraded Forests: A Study from La Primavera, México
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Effect of Climate-Adapted Forest Management on Carbon Pools and Greenhouse Gas Emissions
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Conservation of Tropical Forests and Climate Change Mitigation
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Carbon Sequestration in British Columbia ’ s Forests and Management Options
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Offset of the potential carbon sink from boreal forestation by decreases in surface albedo
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  • Environmental Science
  • 2000
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Maximum impacts of future reforestation or deforestation on atmospheric CO2
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Changes in terrestrial carbon storage in the United States. 2: The role of fire and fire management
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