Calculate the mangrove area necessary to absorb your vehicle emissions!
Mangroves take up (sequester) approximately:
1.5 metric tons/hectare/yr of carbon
3.7 lbs/acre/day of carbon (1336 lbs/acre/yr)
In the United States
The average American generates more than 20 tons of CO2 or related gases a year. Driving an average passenger car accounts for almost 30% of this total, or 11,450 lbs of CO2/yr (5.2 metric tons CO2/yr), according to the US Environmental Protection Agency – EPA.
Data is based on 12,500 miles/yr x 0.916 lbs CO2/mile (fuel consumption based on fleetwide average in-use fuel economy of 21.5 mpg for passenger cars, EPA).
Thus, 8.5 acres (3.5 hectares) of mangroves are capable of absorbing the carbon emissions of one typical American passenger automobile per year.
Outside of the United States
Mangroves’ sequestration of carbon equals the approximate annual amount of carbon released to the atmosphere by a typical automobile burning around 2,500 liters (~ 360 gallons) of gasoline per year.
Dr. Jim Ong of the Universiti Sams in Malaysia, suggests that “Indonesia, with her 4.5 million hectares of mangrove, can use her mangroves to scrub the carbon dioxide emissions of some 5 million cars…”
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