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Carbon Fixation in Iceland Higher Than Expected

According to results of a recently released study, as part of a PhD project by Brynhildur Bjarnadóttir from Lund University in Sweden, carbon fixation in Icelandic forests is higher than earlier studies indicate.

The research began in 2003 when the flow of CO2 above a young larch forest in Vallanes in the Fljótsdalshérad region, east Iceland, was first measured, reports.

Alcoa Fjardarál, which operates an aluminum smelter in Reydarfjördur in the East Fjords has decided to financially support further research in this field for the next two years to counteract the smelter’s annual 540,000 tons of CO2 emissions.

In 1990, Alcoa set the goal of reducing its CO2 emissions by a quarter by 2010 and that goal as already been reached. Bjarnadóttir said the public is also more aware of the importance of combating CO2 emissions than before.

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