This map shows why we must save rain forests to stop climate change

7 August 2014

Scientists have long known that halting climate change will be impossible without stopping the destruction of the world’s forests.

Along with providing the planet with oxygen, trees also store huge amounts of carbon. When they go up in flames, it enters the atmosphere as carbon dioxide, the main gas causing global warming.

Currently, around 15 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions come from deforestation, above all in the tropics where forests are most lush.

Yet quantifying the precise amount of carbon in the world’s jungles has been unachievable — until now.

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