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Story Publication logo January 11, 2021

Tropical Forests Are Absorbing Less Carbon

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Urarina village called Nueva Unión lies on the Chambira River, which runs through vast peatlands in Peru’s Pastaza-Marañón Foreland basin. Image by Dado Galdieri. Peru, undated.
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The Yangambi Research Station, overlooking the Congo River, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The Yangambi Research Station, overlooking the Congo River, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Image by Daniel Grossman. Democratic Republic of the Congo, 2020.

This week's issue of the journal Nature reports that a key bulwark against runaway climate change is breaking down. The study finds that tropical forests are losing their ability to absorb carbon dioxide.

As Daniel Grossman (@GrossmanMedia) reports, scientists say that could speed up the accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.