More greenery does not always equate to less CO2

Research Scientist, Dr Erik Velasco, shared his findings of his research 'The role of vegetation in the CO2 flux from a tropical urban neighbourhood' with the media at the National University of Singapore (NUS) workshop - Climate Change Challenges in Cities on 19 Nov 2013.

As the first-of-its-kind study for tropical city, the Straits Times (20 Nov 2013) penned a story entitled 'More greenery=less carbon dioxide? Not always'; TODAY wrote about 'Type of trees planted a factor in reducing emissions'; and the Chinese newspaper Lianhe Zaobao (24 Nov 2013) wrote a story - 'Woody trees are better than palms in 'greening' our environment'. 

This research was conducted in SMART's Centre for Environmental Sensing and Modeling (CENSAM), in collaboration with Prof Matthias Roth from NUS, since 2010. The research has been funded by both the Singapore National Research Foundation (NRF) through SMART at the Campus for Research Excellence And Technological Enterprise (CREATE) and NUS.