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The concept that greenspace and urban_forests can act as a carbon sink in cities is helpful to consider . Any promotion of greenspace and additional tree plantings in cities should be encouraged.

“Urban sinks are not by themselves a solution to the billions of tonnes of carbon emitted globally, but can help mitigate their impact, especially if gardeners grow trees, which absorb far more CO2 than grass and shrubs, she says.In the case of Leicester, most of the publicly-owned or -managed land in the city comprises lawns. But if just 10 per cent of this land were planted with trees, the citys carbon storage would leap by 12 per cent.”If more trees are planted in urban areas for their carbon storage value, they must be the right kind of tree planted in the right place so that they have a long, productive lifespan, and when trees die they should be replaced,” says Davies.”

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Posted July 31, 2011 by arnoneumann in Carbon, Cities

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