Carbon and Land Cover - A Strong Relationship


Some Results

- Baseline carbon sequestration loss is 4.62 times greater than baseline forest conversion.

- Connecticut's Annual CO2 Emissions exceed foregone C sequestration due to land use change.

- Connecticut Forest Loss + 25 years biomass growth --> Foregone C sequestration > annual CO2


Some Conclusions

- Results indicate avoided deforestation through land preservation, compact development, or redevelopment can reduce C levels more cost effectively than many current emissions reduction proposals.

- Forest Preservation is Cost-competitive for CO2 Abatement.

Transit modification strategies $ pertCO2
- Reason Foundation $4,257
- Moore, Staley & Poole $833
- Victoria Policy Institute $1,000
Bus rapid transit systems  
- Los Angeles $117
- Vancouver (Millard-Ball) $3,238
Major road improvements  
- (Reason Foundation) $3,995
Concentrated solar in select sun-rich locations (CT State DEEP) $52
Current nuclear competitive with coal/NG (MIT) $27
RGGI auction 23 clearing price $4
Forest preservation $47-137