A recent study released by Harvard Forest, the Highstead Foundation, and KKM Environmental Consulting reveals that New England’s forests currently sequester the equivalent of 14% of carbon emissions across the region’s 6 states and have the potential to sequester at least 20% of carbon emissions while also cleaning the air and water and increasing recreational opportunities and jobs.
New England forests remove over 760,000 tons of air pollution annually, worth approximately $550 million in health benefits, according to the report.
The study seeks to inform regional policy-making by detailing the carbon benefits of 5 complementary pathways to mitigating climate change. These are:
The study concludes that the cumulative potential carbon benefits of the 5 pathways outlined above amount to almost 360 million tons of CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent) over 30 years, or the equivalent of displacing the total 30-year energy consumption of nearly 1.3 million New England households.
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