China is the world's largest producer of harmful anthropogenic carbon dioxide.
Over the past decade, billions of trees have been planted across the country to combat desertification and soil loss, and to create a vibrant wood and paper industry.
Researchers found two previously underestimatedareas where trees actively absorb carbon: southwest China, Yunnan, Guizhou and Guangxi provinces, and northeast, especially Heilongjiang and Jilin provinces.
We have brought together a range of terrestrial and satellite data to form a consistent and reliable story about China's carbon cycle.
The terrestrial biosphere in southwestern China, which isToday it is the largest absorption region, representing a sink of about –0.35 petagrams (billion tonnes) per year, accounting for 31.5% of the carbon sink of China's land.
As stated by Richard Black, director of theEnergy Analysis and Climate Information Unit (ECIU), China's forests are consuming more than anticipated. However, this does not mean that carbon neutrality can be achieved in this way. It is necessary to offset not only CO2, but also the current emissions of all greenhouse gases.
On the other hand, the carbon balance of China's forests could be threatened by the impacts of various climate changes, as we see in California, Australia and Russia.
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