16 Nov 2009 09:11:06
Environmental study is dangerous, says expert
A new study suggesting that planet Earth is capable of storing greater amounts of carbon dioxide than previously thought has been deemed "dangerous".
Toddington Harper, managing director of LowCarbonEconomy.com, warned that the report's implications could lead to a greater complacency on the part of politicians, who are currently under pressure to find new ways of cutting emissions.
Mr Harper explained that the controversial report, published by Bristol University, could have serious consequences for the success of the crucial climate change conference in Copenhagen next month.
"It's the ultimate gamble really, if this new information is correct then we lose nothing by continuing to keep up the momentum in the move to a low carbon economy," he said.
"However if this information is not correct, we will increase our chances of climate catastrophe by passing the point of no return. In summary, I'd treat it with the utmost of caution."
According to the report, emissions from deforestation may have been overestimated by up to 75 per cent.
Contrary to the university's findings, a study conducted earlier this year by the University of Liverpool showed that ecosystems would no longer be able to absorb and store carbon emissions if CO2 levels continue to rise.http://www.bristol.ac.uk/news/2009/6649.html