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This article assesses trends in the carbon sink using 244 structurally intact African tropical forests spanning 11 countries, compare them with 321 published plots from Amazonia and investigate the underlying drivers of the trends. Given that the global terrestrial carbon sink is increasing in size, independent observations indicating greater recent carbon uptake into the Northern Hemisphere landmass reinforce our conclusion that the intact tropical forest carbon sink has already peaked. This saturation and ongoing decline of the tropical forest carbon sink has consequences for policies intended to stabilize Earth’s climate.
|Title||Asynchronous Carbon Sink Saturation in African and Amazonian Tropical Forests|
|Organization||Hubau, W., Lewis, S.L., Phillips, O.L. et al.|
|File type||Online article|
|Keywords English||Amazon, conservation, lands.|
|Palabras clave Español||Amazonía, conservación, tierras.|
|Palavras-chave Português||Amazônia, conservação, terras.|
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