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Young trees are better at absorbing carbon dioxide than established tropical rainforests.
Older trees have long been thought to be more efficient carbon 'sinks', but new research has found this not to be the case.
Trees - Earth - Half - Atmosphere - Carbon
Trees less than 140-years-old are responsible for purging Earth of more than half of the atmosphere's carbon dioxide.
Researchers at the University of Birmingham found these juvenile forests occur in 'regrown' regions on former agricultural or logging land, after forest fires and at high latitudes.
Study - Author - Dr - Tom - Pugh
Study author Dr Tom Pugh, of the Birmingham Institute of Forest Research (BIFoR), said a young forest could absorb up to 25 per cent more carbon than an older one.
The research highlights how much carbon dioxide can be absorbed by growing forests in the future.
Dr - Pugh - Age - Trees - Account
Dr Pugh said the age of the trees was important to take into account when calculating how much carbon a forest will absorb after reforestation schemes.
He said: 'It's important to get a clear sense of where and why this carbon uptake is happening, because this helps us to make targeted and informed decisions about forest management.
Amount - CO2 - Forests - Amount - Reforestation
'The amount of CO2 that can be taken up by forests is a finite amount: ultimately reforestation programmes will only be effective if we simultaneously work to reduce our emissions.'
Forests are widely recognised as important carbon sinks - ecosystems capable of capturing and storing...
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