Splinters of good news

The Global Carbon Project’s (GCP) 2010 report states that global CO2 emissions grew again in 2010 after stalling during the global financial crisis. Not good.

The longest journey beigns with a single step

But the news is not all bleak. For some time trees have been touted as a place to store CO2. Trees “eat” CO2 to grow.

The problem with trees is that we cut more than we plant. The shortfall is especially acute in the rain forests.

In 2010, that deficit became a positive for the first time. Here’s how Professor Corinne Le Quéré, of the University of East Anglia and an author of the GCP study describes it: “for the first time, forest expansion in temperate latitudes has overcompensated deforestation emissions and caused a small net sink of CO2 outside the tropics.”

In plain English: trees planted by the developed world sucked up enough C02 to make up for trees cut down in the rain forest. Plus a little bit more.