Forests with mix of trees absorb more carbon

Oct 10, 2018, 8:37 AM EDT
(Source: Joshua Mayer)
(Source: Joshua Mayer)

An eight-year-long research carried out by an international team of 60 scientists has found diverse forests to be more efficient in carbon absorption compared to areas with just one species.

As part of the experiment, the researchers planted nearly 150,000 trees in different plots, with number of species in each area varying between one and 16, notes Scientific American. After eight years, the team observed that the forest with the most diverse mix of trees sequestered 32 tons of carbon per hectare compared to 12 tons of carbon per hectare by single-species plots.

This is the first time the direct correlation between the diversity of tree species and greenhouse gas absorption has been established to validate a widely proposed hypothesis, writes South China Morning Post. The finding comes at desperate times as climate scientists grapple hard over ways to limiting global warming, which threatens to irreversibly damage our environment in no more than 12 years.