The Crushing Carbon Cost of Palm Oil Plantations

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The researchers found that each hectare of rainforest converted to oil palm monoculture creates 174 tons of carbon emissions, most of which will find their way into the atmosphere and contribute to global climate change. Guillaume said that that figure — 174 tons of carbon per converted hectare — is roughly equivalent to 530 people flying from Geneva to New York in economy class.