One of Earth’s giant carbon sinks may have been overestimated - study

1st Apr, 2021

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Grassland in Russia. The study suggests that plans to plant trees is such areas to combat climate change may be counterproductive. Photograph: Valery Matytsin/TASS

The storage potential of one of the Earth’s biggest carbon sinks – soils – may have been overestimated, research shows. This could mean ecosystems on land soaking up less of humanity’s emissions than expected, and more rapid global heating.

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