Half of the carbon stored in all of the Earth's vegetation is contained in tropical forests. Deforestation has a correspondingly fatal effect. Scientists estimate that this releases 1,000 million tonnes of carbon every year, which, in the form of greenhouse gasses, drives up global temperatures. A team of scientists from the UFZ and the University of Maryland has discovered that fragmentation of formerly contiguous areas of forest leads to carbon emissions rising by another third.
- Nature Communications