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Apple invests to save Colombian mangrove forest

Such mangrove forests may be the key to fighting climate change.
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Apple fulfills the mission of rescuing mangrove forests that are globally disappearing.

The mangrove forest sucks up a large amount of carbon dioxide from the air. Half of all mangrove forests on the planet have been lost since 1940, but Apple has made significant investments to save certain Colombian forests to curb climate change.

Apple announced today that it has invested in mangrove forests on the coast of Colombia to offset the emissions of Apple Maps cars driving around the world. Plan to protect and restore mangroves with 27,000 acres of forest.

In the next two years the forest will offset 17,000 metric tons emissions. It is about the same as the emissions that cars emit in the next 10 years.

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Lisa Jackson of Apple's environment, policy and social initiative revealed this plan to the audience at the Global Climate Action Summit this morning in San Francisco.

"These forests are one of the most important tools of nature in the fight against climate change and are important as they can absorb and store ten times more carbon than the forest on the ground.

Mangrove trees have the highest carbon stocks in the habitat on the earth. They store carbon in branches and leaves like most trees, but push carbon back to the ground through the roots underwater. Climate change experts believe that conservation and repopulation of mangrove forests is one of the most important ways for humans to cool the earth after carbon emissions cause global warming.

"Today, I am here to explicitly tell you that there is no contradiction between healthy planets and healthy revenues," Jackson said. "This is a false preference and we have to reject it."

This is not the first time Apple invested in the forest. In 2015, the company purchased 36,000 acres of private forest, it is now harvested sustainably and is used for all packaging materials.

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