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Resurgent Forests Can Be Greenhouse Gas Sponges

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Science  18 Jul 1997:
Vol. 277, Issue 5324, pp. 315-316
DOI: 10.1126/science.277.5324.315

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New results suggest that the carbon dioxide uptake powers of the world's forests may be much greater than previously thought. Indeed, the carbon they sequester may help account for the so-called "missing" carbon dioxide, the difference between the amounts known to be released every year and those found in the atmosphere and known sinks, such as the oceans. In addition, improved forest management may be a useful means of ameliorating atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations and greenhouse warming.