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The trees in our cities can store as much carbon as rainforests

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The trees which line city streets are playing a much greater environmental role than we might expect.
Researchers have found that urban forests have huge untapped potential to store carbon, equivalent to tropical rainforests.
A new study from University College London (UCL) measured every tree in the Borough of Camden using remote laser sensing techniques.
The use of laser pulses led to a complete 3D map which revealed the amount of carbon stored in the borough’s estimated 85,000 trees.
Surprisingly, this heavily populated area in north London can capture the same amount of carbon dioxide as dense tropical rainforests.
Hampstead Heath, one of London’s most popular parks, can store an estimated 178 tonnes of carbon dioxide. The average tropical rainforest can store up to 190 tonnes.Russell Square (...)

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