European forests near ‘carbon saturation point’

August 21, 2013 at 11:17 am Leave a comment

European forests are showing signs of reaching a saturation point as carbon sinks, a study has suggested.

Since 2005, the amount of atmospheric CO2 absorbed by the continent’s trees has been slowing, researchers reported.

Writing in Nature Climate Change, they said this was a result of a declining volume of trees, deforestation and the impact of natural disturbances.

Carbon sinks play a key role in the global carbon cycle and are promoted as a way to offset rising emissions.

Read the BBC News article here.

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Entry filed under: Biodiversity, Carbon_Emissions, Climate.

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