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Old 06-11-2009, 04:22 PM   #1
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Default Carbon Payments Help Protect Threatened Tropical Mammals

Carbon Payments Help Protect Threatened Tropical Mammals
ScienceDaily (June 5, 2009) The University of Queensland has found paying to preserve carbon stored in forests could protect endangered wildlife such as Indonesia's orangutans.

Carbon Payments Help Protect Threatened Tropical Mammals
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Based on prices now being paid for carbon dioxide (CO2), the study compared the revenue that could be derived from protecting the forest and avoiding carbon emissions to the revenue that would be derived if the forest was converted to oil palm plantations.

if CO2 credits could be sold for US $10 to $33 per tonne, conserving the forest would be more profitable than clearing the land for oil palm. In addition, forest conservation would prevent 2.1 billion tonnes of carbon from entering the atmosphere and preserve the habitat of some of the world's most threatened mammal species living in these forests.
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