Carbon: The Ecosystems View

Carbon: The Ecosystems View

How do ecosystems affect atmospheric carbon? It turns out they keep the atmosphere in balance more than one might think.

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Deforestation's effect on atmospheric CO2:
Rosa, Isabel M.D., et al. The Environmental Legacy of Modern Tropical Deforestation. 2016.

The contribution of land-use changes to atmospheric CO2:
Arneth, A., Sitch, S., Pongratz, J. et al. Historical carbon dioxide emissions caused by land-use changes are possibly larger than assumed. 2017.

Atmospheric CO2 has been rising slower than expected in emissions-centric models:
Keenan, Trevor F et al. Recent pause in the growth rate of atmospheric CO2 due to enhanced terrestrial carbon uptake. 2016.

45.8% of trees have been cut down:
Crowther, T., Glick, H., Covey, K. et al. Mapping tree density at a global scale. 2015.

Wetlands have declined by 57%:
Davidson, Nick. How much wetland has the world lost? Long-term and recent trends in a global wetland area. 2014.

80% of the seagrass meadows on the New England coast are gone:
Beem, Nora & Short, Frederick., Subtidal Eelgrass Declines in the Great Bay Estuary, New Hampshire, and Maine, USA. 2009.

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