The world’s forests do more than just store carbon, new research finds

I argued in my UNEP article “” about this… and more and more science seems to prove it: Forests cool the earth!

Researchers from the US and Colombia found that overall forests keep the planet at least half of a degree Celsius cooler when biophysical effects – from chemical compounds to turbulence and the reflection of light – are combined with carbon dioxide.

“Despite the mounting evidence that forests deliver myriad climate benefits, trees are still viewed just as sticks of carbon by many policymakers in the climate change arena. Forests are key to mitigation, but also adaptation.”

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