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Why forests matter

To deal with climate change, we need to start investing in forest plantations and stop clearing natural forests

By Trevor Fenning   April 2007

The world’s forests make a significant contribution to keeping carbon dioxide (CO2) levels down to acceptable limits. They contain more carbon, in the form of their living biomass, soils and associated wetlands, than all the world’s fossil fuel reserves put together. Indeed, it is difficult to see how the problem of climate change can be solved without addressing our management of the world’s forests, but they are virtually ignored at the policy level.

We usually assume that the countries that consume the greatest amount of fossil fuels make the greatest contribution to global warming. But what really matters is a…

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