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Up to 0.6 B Tons of Yearly Emissions Cuts Possible through Protection of Tropical Rainforests

If industrialized countries safeguard tropical rainforests from deforestation, they may be able to offset around 50 million tons of CO2 at an approximate rate of $2/ton, reveals Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) in one of its July 23 publications.

Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) is an effective strategy that has the potential to safeguard the environment and decelerate climate change.

One of the authors of this research claims that REDD is an economically viable and feasible option for the Americans and would result in savings for taxpayers. It has been estimated that at the rate of $2-5 per metric ton of carbon credit, we can cut worldwide deforestation by 10% by 2030, which would cut CO2 emissions by around 0.3-0.6 billion metric tons per year.

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