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Seeing the Wood

A special report on forests


- The Economist






Roughly half the dry weight of a tree is made up of stored carbon, most of which is released when the tree rots or is burned. But there is increasing evidence to suggest that primary, or old-growth, forests are seizing the opportunity of a carbon-heavy atmosphere to suck up more carbon than they did previously, a process known as “carbon fertilisation”. By one estimate the Amazon rainforest is sequestering an additional 1.3 gigatonnes a year, roughly matching the recent annual emissions produced by clearing it.


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Release Date: September 2010
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