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Northern forests may be losing their ability to trap carbon


Joel N. Shurkin
Thu, 02 Feb 2012 11:30 CST

Northern forest no longer trap carbon

© Linnea Hanson/U.S. Forest Service.
Young aspen grove.

The northern forests of western Canada are likely absorbing less carbon dioxide because of climate change, and the decline may be making a bad situation worse, researchers from Quebec and China have concluded.
If the situation remains as it is, the forests may actually put more carbon dioxide back into the air than they absorb, the researchers said. While researchers have seen this happen in tropical rainforests, the new result suggests that this problem could be much more widespread.

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