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Title: Determination of relative carbon sequestration capacities of common tree species with the view to participating in carbon trade arrangements

Date Published: 2008
Author/s: JS Epila-Otara
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Affiliation: National Forestry Resources Research Institute - NaFORRI


Climate change has now been proven to be real. Unfortunately, there is very little mankind can do to stop this phenomenon. But we can mitigate the causes of climate change (mitigation) and we can also learn how to live with the changes in climate (adaptation). Comparatively, the impacts of climate change are predicted to be more severe in the developing countries than in the developed countries: the difference derives from the disparity in wealth; the richer developed world is better prepared to cope with changes than the poor people in developing countries. Currently, the irony of climate change and its disproportionate impacts is that the bulk of the so-called greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions are from developed countries. However, because the impacts of climate change are transboundary, every nation in one way or another, is compelled to participate in its containment. Protocol for participating in the climate change was negotiated and agreed at in Kyoto, Japan.