World Rainforest Movement

Carbon Sink Plantations

These are tree plantations, often eucalyptus but it can also be acacia, pine or oil palm, where the owner claims that the trees provide the so-called “environmental service” of carbon absorption. However, this is a false solution to the climate crisis. Carbon sink plantation projects increase carbon emissions. Although the carbon dioxide molecules stored in a tree might be chemically identical to the CO2 molecules emitted by a polluter in the North that ‘buys’ this stored CO2 as carbon credits, from a climate point of view the two CO2s are radically different. The carbon from the atmosphere stored in a tree is sooner or later released again when the tree is felled. Yet the polluting company in the North, by burning fossil fuels, throws a ´new´ quantity of Carbon into the atmosphere, increasing the total amount of carbon that is being exchanged all the time between the atmosphere and biosphere.



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  • Women and Climate Change

    Posted on December 29, 2010

    Produced by Gender CC, Women for Climate Justice , with the support of the WRM International Secretariat Directed by Flavio Pazos Voice: Lori Nordstrom Based on the work of: Ana Filippini – WRM Andrea Guzmán – CENPROTAC,...

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