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Study highlights carbon sequestration services provided by U.S. forests

Study highlights carbon sequestration services provided by U.S. forests

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Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Forests in the United States currently sequester approximately three decades worth of carbon dioxide emitted by the American fossil fuel industry, according to a new a study. What's more, forests and harvested wood products uptake approximately 14 percent of economy-wide CO2 emissions in the United States annually. Advertisement Despite declining carbon emissions in the United States, the contribution of forests to emissions offsets has remained stable. This, researchers say, suggests the ability of U.S. forests to absorb new carbon -- an ability driven largely by forest regrowth -- is slowly declining. To better understand the ability of afforestation and reforestation activities to improve carbon sequestration capabilities, researchers analyzed data from more than 130,...