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Weather Front

Forests and the Trees: Climate Change's Potential Harm

A recent pair of studies is projecting the harm that climate change potentially can inflict on forests' health and their ability to absorb manmade carbon from the atmosphere.

Currently, about half of all human-emitted carbon is scrubbed and stored by vegetation and the ocean, which act to limit man's carbon impact. But as forests change due to global warming and large fires, the amount of carbon that they can absorb will decrease, accelerating the amount of manmade carbon making its way into the atmosphere.

 

MIKE BRANOM is a freelance reporter/editor living in Pasadena, California. He was working in a Phoenix, Arizona, parking lot on June 26, 1990, when the city reached its all-time highest temperature (122 degrees).

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