Soaking Up Carbon in Forests and Fields

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Science  03 Nov 2000:
Vol. 290, Issue 5493, pp. 922
DOI: 10.1126/science.290.5493.922

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Forests and other land sinks, as they are called, could offset a sizable chunk of the extra COthat humans pump into the atmosphere and protect biodiversity as well. But sinks are controversial, both because of uncertainties about how to measure the carbon they absorb and because some countries view sink proposals--particularly the United States'--as a distraction to avoid cutting fossil fuel emissions.