Forests absorb CO2 - Girona at the very front


Of the roughly 500 million tonnes of CO2 that Spain spouts into the atmosphere each year, at least 65 million tonnes of carbon dioxide are already absorbed by the forests and rendered harmless. This is the result of a scientific study that has followed the development of forests in recent years. The provinces of La Coruña, Lugo, Burgos, Soria and Girona are ranked first. Spain has 13 million hectares of forest (1 hectare = 10,000 square meters). Using so-called photosynthesis, the trees absorb the CO2 known as greenhouse poison and process it into the trunk, roots and leaves. As agriculture in Spain slowly but steadily declines, the scientists hope that in the coming decades further large areas of forests will be occupied. Especially young forests absorb the greenhouse gas in large quantities.


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