Deforestation and Greenhouse Gases

The world's forests also play a critical role in climate change through global warming. Currently, the trees in forests act as a reservoir, storing huge amounts of carbon, sequestering it from the atmosphere. The problem arises, however, when the trees are cut and burned. This process takes the carbon from the "sink" it has been stored in and releases enormous amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere. Currently, huge areas of forests are being cut and burned at alarming rates. This uncontrolled deforestation is not only releasing CO2 into the atmosphere, but also changing the climate regime worldwide. This chapter discusses the pertinent issues of deforestation, the impacts of climate change, and the forest resources currently at risk as global warming escalates.

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