tropical forests

A new map released by NASA shows the most accurate representation of the amount of carbon stored in Tropical forests around the world than has ever been seen before.

The map, pictured below, was created from data gathered both on the ground and from space, making this a unique perspective on the way carbon is stored across our planet. In the map, we are able to see that carbon is stored across 75 Tropical countries, 2.5 million hectares of land, and its densest area, in the region of Latin America, where almost 50% of the world’s carbon is stored.

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NASA Carbon Storage Map

Although the map is useful to many, it is especially important to those involved in the REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) program, which we spoke to Canada’s then Minister of the Environment John Baird about last fall during COP16. REDD+ aims to provide financial incentives to countries who are host to carbon-rich forests in an effort to prevent further deforestation from releasing carbon currently being stored into our atmosphere, and further amounting to human-caused carbon emissions.

As deforestation gets increasingly worse, it is time for us to take action, and REDD+ along with this new global carbon storage map from NASA may be a great first step.

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