Tropical Forests Have Grow To Be A Net Carbon Supply

The WHRC said that widespread deforestation, degradation and disturbance had caused forests to become a “source” of carbon rather than a net carbon “sink.
“Forests play a key role in the fight against carbon emissions — trees absorb carbon when alive and release it when they die.
Tropical forests now emit more carbon than they capture, according to a study published in the journal Science.
In an announcement Thursday, climate change think-tank the Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) said the tropics now represented “a net source of carbon to the atmosphere,” roughly 425 teragrams each year.
This, the WHRC said, allowed researchers to “capture” losses in forest carbon from wholesale deforestation and also fine scale degradation and disturbance.

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