carbon sequestration Archives - Rivers of Carbon

  • Australian soils play major role in global carbon sequestration

    Australia is one of ten countries that account for 60% of the 680 billion tonnes of carbon stored in the top 30cm of soil around the world. According to a major project launched late last year by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations, action should be taken to protect these natural […]

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  • Climate scientists unlock the secrets of blue carbon

    Results from a new analysis of 1,900 soil cores collected around the United States could bolster efforts to monitor and protect wetlands around the globe. Tidal wetlands come in many forms, but they could be more alike below the surface than anyone realised. Whether it’s a mangrove forest in Florida, a freshwater swamp in Virginia […]

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  • Farming carbon as our future crop?

    We recently read this thought provoking article in The Conversation about how storing carbon could become part of a viable and productive farming system, we thought you might enjoy it too so have summarised the key points: Currently, there are several competing forces putting pressure on Australian agricultural land. A growing global population is placing […]

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  • Do tree mixes stack up to monocultures in carbon plantings?

    The developing carbon market has created incentives to plant forests that offset carbon emissions. But what types of forests should we plant? Will monocultures of fast-growing trees like those used in the timber industry maximize carbon storage or is there another option? Our research team has been particularly eager to explore this question in relation […]

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  • What is ‘blue carbon’ and why is it so important?

    Blue carbon is the carbon stored and sequestered in coastal ecosystems such as mangrove forests, seagrass meadows or intertidal saltmarshes. These valuable ecosystems hold vast carbon reservoirs; they sequester atmospheric CO2 through primary production, and then deposit it in their sediments. In fact, most blue carbon is found in the soils or sediments beneath the vegetation. […]

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  • Calculating carbon stocks: the value of carbon in boreal forest soils and peat

    This post is from Corey Bradshaw’s ‘Conservation Bytes’, published 23rd Feb 2015. Many consider forests as the ‘lungs’ of the planet – the idea that trees and other plants take up carbon and produce oxygen (the carbon and oxygen cycles). If we are to be fair though, the oceans store about 93% of the Earth’s […]

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