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New trees absorb lots of carbon, old trees store more overall and dead trees shed their carbon to the atmosphere. Credit: Greg Rosenke/Unsplash, CC BY-SA
July 31, 2020

Forests are thought to be crucial in the fight against climate change—and with good reason. We've known for a long time that the extra CO₂ humans are putting in the atmosphere makes trees grow faster, taking a large portion of that CO₂ back out of the atmosphere and storing it in wood and soils. But a recent finding that the world's forests are on average getting "shorter and younger" could imply that the opposite is happening. 

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