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Deadwood is life for others!

A study by the Australian National University has found that the decaying of deadwood from forests could contribute up to 10 billion tons of CO2 emissions annually ( – )

That’s a real lot of emissions, about 30% of total CO2 emissions, which is about 35 billion tons per year. (By the way, it is not clear if this total includes these deadwood CO2 emissions – I think not – though it includes CO2 emissions from agricultural activities such as tilling and land use changes).

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While it might be tempting to think of using such deadwood for our energy purposes, the story is far more intricate.

The deadwood provides a range of benefits to the forest ecosystem. A research from the UK forest dept says that about a fifth of all forest species depend on deadwood for their survival. Deadwood decomposition through composting also provides the soil with a nutrient rich compost.

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A forest’s biodiversity might depend a lot on the deadwood! Deadwood is life for many others in the ecosystem.

So, deadwood emissions are a price we have to pay for maintaining the forest’s vitality. But still, 10 billion tons of CO2 is a heck a lot of emissions!

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About Narasimhan Santhanam (Narsi)

Narsi, a Director at EAI, Co-founded one of India's first climate tech consulting firm in 2008.

Since then, he has assisted over 250 Indian and International firms, across many climate tech domain Solar, Bio-energy, Green hydrogen, E-Mobility, Green Chemicals.

Narsi works closely with senior and top management corporates and helps then devise strategy and go-to-market plans to benefit from the fast growing Indian Climate tech market.


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