Forests Combat Climate Change

Tropical forests cover about 15% of the world’s land surface and contain about 25% of carbon in the terrestrial biosphere. But they are being rapidly deforested and degraded resulting in the emission of heat trapping carbon dioxide to the atmosphere.

 

United Nations Year of The Forest

 

Roughly 13 million hectares – an area the size of Nicaragua – are converted to other land uses each year. This loss accounts for around a fifth of global carbon emissions, making land cover change the second largest contributor to global warming (map). Forest therefore play a vital role in any initiative to combat climate change.

 

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