UN Report: Forests Key to 'The Natural Fix'June 15, 2009
Better forest management was cited as one of the best ways to soak up significant amounts of greenhouse gas pollution in a new report released at recent United Nations climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany.
"The Natural Fix: The Role of Ecosystems in Climate Mitigation," an assessment produced by the U.N. Environment Program, indicates "nature's way is best" for controlling the gases responsible for climate change, according to the Associated Press.
"Millions of dollars are being invested in research on capturing and burying carbon emissions from power stations, but investing in ecosystems could achieve cheaper results, the report said.
It also would have the added effects of preserving biodiversity, improving water supplies and boosting livelihoods.
Halving deforestation by mid-century and maintaining that lower rate for another 50 years would save the equivalent of five years of carbon emissions at the current level, " according to the report's authors.