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FROM VOLUME 6, NUMBER 1, JANUARY 1993

REPORTS...
EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCE: THE CARBON CYCLE


Item #d93jan60

Carbon Storage and Accumulation in United States Forest Ecosystems (Gen. Tech. Rep. WO-59), R.A. Birdsey, 51 pp., Aug. 1992. Available from author (no charge), NE For. Exp. Sta., U.S. For. Serv., 5 Radnor Corp. Ctr., 100 Matsonford Rd., Radnor PA 19087 (215-975-4092).

Estimates given are aimed at evaluating forestry opportunities for mitigating the effects of global warming. While a complete inventory would take years to complete, this estimate has been made to satisfy immediate needs by integrating special studies of selected forest inventories with data from the existing national inventory, originally developed to assess the commercial timber supply.


Item #d93jan61

The Global Status of Peatlands and Their Role in Carbon Cycling, P. Immirzi, E. Maltby, R. Clymo, 1992, 17. Friends of the Earth, 26-28 Underwood St., London N1 7JQ, UK (tel: +44-71-490-1555).

Completed under commission by the Wetlands Ecosystems Research Group at Exeter University. Estimates that peat mining (for fuel and horticulture) and other human disturbances to peat bogs (draining for agriculture and forestry) have created a long-term annual net CO2 emission that is equivalent to 3%-5% of annual global fossil fuel emissions. (This summary adapted from Global Environ. Change Rep., Aug. 28, 1992.)

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