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Forests have become net carbon emitters, researchers say, blaming human activity and climate change in UNESCO sites study

Posted On: Dec 1, 2021   |   Posted By: RT

Forests have become net carbon emitters, researchers say, blaming human activity and climate change in UNESCO sites study

Forests situated within at least 10 UNESCO World Heritage sites have become net carbon sources over the past 20 years due to pressures from human activity and climate change, according to a recently published study.
Pressures such as deforestation and increasingly frequent and severe forest fires, have negatively impacted on forests and their capacity to absorb carbon emission, according to a joint study by UNESCO, the World Resources Institute, and the International Union for Conservation of Nature , published on Thursday.
By combining satellite-derived data with monitoring information at site level between 2001 and 2020, the researchers contended that, on the whole, forests contained in natural World Heritage sites absorbed more carbon than they emitted. The total amount of carbon absorbed by these vast green spaces was approximately 190 million tons of CO2 each year, equivalent to half the UK's annual CO2 emissions from fossil fuels.
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