No time to waste: Tropical forests become source of global warming

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Sunderland, T.C.H.

According to findings of research published last week in Nature, Tropical forests are losing the capacity to remove carbon from the atmosphere, which could have dramatic implications for their potential to mitigate the impact of global warming. Intact tropical forests are a vital global carbon sink, slowing climate change through carbon sequestration, a process through carbon is removed naturally from the atmosphere and stored in trees. Climate models upon which targets in most international agreements – including the U.N. Paris Agreement — are based, typically predict that tropical forests will act as a carbon sink for decades.

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