Why strong policy is important:
Tropical trees in undisturbed forest are absorbing nearly a fifth of the CO2 released by burning fossil fuels.
The 40 year study shows that tropical forests remove a massive 4.8 billion tons of CO2 from the atmosphere each year.
“It’s well known that about half of the ‘missing’ carbon is being dissolved into the oceans, and that the other half is going somewhere on land in vegetation and soils, but we were not sure precisely where.”
About half the total carbon ‘land sink’ is in tropical trees. ScienceBlog