The Climate Benefits of Healthy Forests

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May 05, 2016
Author: 
Lisa Palmer

TRIANOSKY: “The world’s forests absorb about 2.4 billion tons of carbon dioxide each year. And that’s equivalent to about a third of the carbon dioxide released by burning fossil fuels.” That’s Paul Trianosky, chief conservation officer at the Sustainable Forestry Initiative.

Unfortunately, forests – these amazing sponges that soak up carbon – are increasingly vulnerable to insects and disease as the climate changes. Warmer temperatures, changes in rainfall, and droughts all take a toll.

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