The world’s forests already have a lot on their plate: Providing flood protection, drinking water purification, lumber, and recreation, plus habitat for about half the world’s mammals, birds, and insects.
Forests absorb a third of the world’s annual carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of fossil fuels. And with some assistance from humans, managed forests may do even more to mitigate the effects of greenhouse gasses.
Whether it is creating forests where they did not exist, reforestation on land where trees have been cut, or anticipating changing pest and disease pressure, improved forest management can be an effective way of ensuring forest health and sequestering more carbon in a changing climate. read more >>