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Climate change: Human activities have offset the carbon absorption function of forests-BBC News

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  • Victoria Gill
  • BBC Science Affairs reporter

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Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo is threatened by agricultural production pressure

Due to human activities and climate change, the world’s top ten most protected forests have been degraded, and the carbon absorption function is transforming into net carbon emissions.

This shocking conclusion is based on calculations based on a carbon absorption and emission study of forests in Unesco World Heritage sites.

The total area of ​​the world heritage forest is twice the size of the German territory. The above-mentioned research reveals that in the past 20 years, the carbon emissions of the world’s top ten protected forests have exceeded the carbon absorption.

The study also shows that 257 world heritage forests scattered around the world absorb a total of 190 million tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere each year. The report’s co-author, Dr. Resend of UNESCO, said that’s equivalent to half of the UK’s annual fossil fuel carbon emissions.

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