Partially logged rainforests could be emitting more carbon than previously thought

Global carbon emissions from forests could have been underestimated because calculations have not fully accounted for the dead wood from logging.

Living trees take in carbon dioxide whereas dead and decaying ones release it. Understanding the proportion of both is important for determining whether a large area of forest is a source of carbon dioxide, or a 'sink' that helps to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

http://phys.org/news/2015-04-partially-rainforests-emitting-carbon-previously.html

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