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Oxford Study Challenges Carbon Credit Forests: Are They Really Worth the Hype?

Oxford Study Challenges Carbon Credit Forests: Are They Really Worth the Hype?

In a new study, scientists from the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford argue that planting new forests to offset carbon emissions is a waste of time and does little for biodiversity. The researchers claim that new plantations are often established on areas that have never been forested and therefore do not contribute significantly to biodiversity. They argue that preserving existing forests is a much better strategy for the planet. The study highlights that carbon-capture plantations are usually monocultures dominated by just a few tree species, which leads to a lower level of biodiversity compared to intact ecosystems. The authors suggest that current and new policies should prioritize conserving and restoring intact ecosystems rather than promoting ecosystem degradation through tree plantations focused solely on carbon capture.

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