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Carbon emissions from gross forest loss, 2000-2005

According to the FAO, the world’s forests store around 650 billion tons of carbon; more carbon than what is found in the atmosphere. When forests are burnt or destroyed, the carbon is released as CO2. When forests grow, either through expansion of forest area or because old forests become denser and more carbon-rich, they bind CO2 and convert it to carbon in the form of wood and other biomass.

Year: 2015

From collection: State of the Rainforest

Cartographer: GRID-Arendal

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