Carbon emissions higher in California ecosystems than previously thought, study finds

A recently published study has found that wildfires and deforestation have contributed more to greenhouse gas emissions than previously expected.

The study, published online in the journal Forest Ecology and Management on Wednesday, was a collaborative effort between researchers with UC Berkeley and the U.S. National Park Service that assesses the amount of carbon stored and released in California ecosystems.

The research could shed light on goals established in California’s mandated Global Warming Solutions Act, or AB 32, which requires the state to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 emission levels by 2020. The act was passed in 2006.
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