Carbon-Absorption of Reforesting Not Same As Nature's

GreenTracker| Protecting existing forests may become more important than ever, now that scientists have concluded that new forests grown on plantations “substantially reduce carbon stock in ecosystems in comparison with natural forests.”

Plantations established on non-forested fields such as agricultural lands do help with the control of carbon emissions; however, converting farmland to forests decreases the amount of carbon absorbed by the soil. Another form of gas, methane, also is affected by the conversion. Converted soil loses 80 percent of capability to degrade methane as compared to natural forests when it is developed as a plantation. via Science Daily