New Research Shows Global Climate Benefits Of Protecting Nature, but It’s Not a Silver Bullet

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Since 2000, protected forest areas have stored nearly 10 billion metric tons more carbon than ecologically similar unprotected areas.

All major recent climate reports say nature plays a crucial role in the effort to stop global warming, and many countries are relying on forests and other ecosystems to help fulfill their commitments under the Paris Agreement. Research published Thursday in the journal Nature Communications quantifies the climate benefits of protecting natural areas—especially carbon-storing forests—at a global scale. 

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