African forests absorb more carbon than the Amazon.

 

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washingtonpost.com-The Congo rainforest is losing ability to absorb carbon dioxide. That’s bad for climate change.

 

Scientists have determined that trees in the Congo Basin of central Africa are losing their capacity to absorb carbon dioxide, raising alarms about the health of the world’s second-largest contiguous rainforest and its ability to store greenhouse gases linked to climate change.

 

A study published Wednesday in the journal Nature found that some sites in the Congo Basin showed signs of weakened carbon uptake as early as 2010, suggesting that the decline in Africa may have been underway for a decade… Read more…

 

 

Theguardian-Tropical forests losing their ability to absorb carbon, study finds

 

Tropical forests are taking up less carbon dioxide from the air, reducing their ability to act as “carbon sinks” and bringing closer the prospect of accelerating climate breakdown.

 

The Amazon could turn into a source of carbon in the atmosphere, instead of one of the biggest absorbers of the gas, as soon as the next decade, owing to the damage caused by loggers and farming interests and the impacts of the climate crisis, new research has found.

 

If that happens, climate breakdown is likely to become much more severe in its impacts, and the world will have to cut down much faster on carbon-producing activities to counteract the loss of the carbon sinks.

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Sciencealert-The Amazon Is Almost Fully Saturated, And Could Flip to Emitting Carbon in 15 Years

 

The world's tropical forests are rapidly losing their ability to absorb carbon dioxide from greenhouse gas emissions, with the Amazon rainforest at risk of turning from carbon sink to source within 15 years, researchers warned Wednesday.

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Le Monde- African forests absorb more carbon than the Amazon. As a result of climate change and deforestation, tropical forests are becoming less and less efficient carbon sinks.

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