To Harvest or to Save – Forests and Climate Change

Even though international climate policy has not adopted the use of carbon sinks to combat climate change, the carbon sink formed by forests already sequesters a great deal of the fossil carbon dioxide emissions. In the European Union, for example, the carbon sinks in forests correspond to about one tenth of the fossil carbon dioxide emissions in the EU. Thus, the signifi cance of the carbon sinks in forests for the EU carbon balance is already greater than what has been achieved by the EU, through encouraging the use of wind power, direct solarenergy and biofuels.

The authors argue for using forests to combat the climate change and explain how to do it and what can be accomplished.

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December 2014
Finnish Forest Association
51 pages
Pekka Kauppi and Hannes Mäntyranta