Intact forest loss ‘six times worse’ for climate

31 Oct 2019
“Losing Earth’s remaining wilderness is devastating by itself, but climate impacts 626 per cent greater than expected is terrifying,” Professor Watson said.

The impact of losing intact tropical forests is more devastating on the climate than previously thought, according to University of Queensland-led research.

The international study has revealed between 2000 and 2013 the clearance of intact tropical forests resulted in a much higher level of carbon being emitted to the atmosphere than first believed – resulting in a 626 per cent increase in the calculated impact on climate.

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