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Scientists find that loss of intact forest has larger climate impact than previously thought

Forests are a great bulwark against climate change, so programs to reduce deforestation are important. Those efforts usually focus on stopping the destruction in areas where it is already occurring.


But a new study suggests these programs would do well to also preserve forests where deforestation and degradation haven’t begun. Gradual loss of these largely pristine, intact forests has a much greater climate impact than previously accounted for, the researchers said.


https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/30/climate/climate-change-forests.html

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