Forests: A Rising Global Climate Superpower?
Nature Conservancy - Science
AUGUST 21, 2013
Despite increasing crop and timber demands to feed a growing human population, despite the impacts of climate change on forests, and despite deforestation emissions in the tropics that are on par with those from the global transportation sector, global forests are a net sink for atmospheric carbon. In other words, there are more crops, pasture, plantations, and strip malls than there are native forests (28%) and other natural ecosystems (19%) (Hooke et. Global Change Biology.