Grasslands more reliable carbon sink in wildfire-prone California

July 12, 2018 by Emily Jackson

(Source: Feedstuffs) Forests have long served as a critical carbon sink, consuming about a quarter of the carbon dioxide pollution produced by people worldwide, but decades of fire suppression, warming temperatures and drought have increased wildfire risks, turning California’s forests from carbon sinks to carbon sources, according to the University of California-Davis (UC-Davis). A new study from UC-Davis found that grasslands and rangelands are more resilient carbon sinks than forests in 21st-century California and, as such, should be given opportunities in the state’s cap-and-and trade market, which is designed to reduce California’s greenhouse gas emissions 40% below 1990 levels by 2030, the announcement said. Read full article

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