Increasing forest carbon sequestration through cooperation and shared strategies between China and the United States
Authors: Shao, G, L Dai, JS Dukes, RB Jackson, L Tang, J Zhao
China and the United States are the worldâs top CO2 emitters. Both countries also harbor extensive forests that offset a substantial fraction of their CO2 emissions and have the potential to offset considerably more. U.S. forests sequestered 236 Tg C yr-1 from 2000 to 2005, balancing 12-19% of the countryâs CO2 emissions. Chinaâs forests took up 96 Tg C yr-1 from 1994 to 2003, equivalent to 8.5%of Chinaâs CO2 emissions in 2003. These rates of CO2 sequestration were contributed by each nationâs forestry programs but have not reached their full potential. To date, the two countries have taken contrasting approaches to forest management.We propose that each country could increase carbon sequestration dramatically by adopting the most successful aspects of the other countryâs program.
Environmental Science and Technology, in press