Carbon accounting must include city greenery, researchers say

The Los Angeles basin is often thought of as a dry, smoggy, overdeveloped landscape. But a new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that the manicured lawns, emerald golf courses and trees of America’s second-largest city have a surprisingly large influence on the city’s carbon dioxide emissions. The carbon dioxide fluctuations driven by L.A.’s greenery are about one-third the level created by the burning of fossil fuels.

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