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Climate change: Are forests carbon sinks or carbon sources?

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Forests, friend or foe? Image: REUTERS/Bruno Kelly

Nancy Harris
Research Manager, Global Forest Watch, World Resources Institute
David Gibbs
GIS Research Associate, World Resources Institute
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a diagram showing how forests can both absorb and produce carbon
Forests are capable of both producing and absorbing carbon. Image: World Resources Institute
a diagram showing how much carbon different forests absorb and produce.
Different forests absorb and emit different amounts. Image: World Resources Institute
a map of showing the carbon absorption of the amazon rainforest
The Amazon rainforest absorbs lot carbon. Image: World Resources Institute
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Forest harvesting is big contributour to emissions. Image: World Resources Institute
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