A degraded forest is better than no forest at all, study shows

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Even degraded forests can regulate the surrounding temperature and filter pollutants from air and water. Image: UNSPLASH/Jeremy Bezanger

Sheryl Lee Tian Tong
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Reforestation project using native species in Sabah, Borneo. Image: Rhett A. Butler.
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