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Forests Are More Sensitive Than Scientists Previously Realized

March 30, 2020, 7:00 PM

The way land is developed along a forest edge could stunt the entire forest’s ability to store carbon dioxide and fight climate change, according to research by Harvard University and Arizona State University published Monday.

“Forests along edges of agricultural lands have a reduced capacity to grow, store carbon and provide habitat for animals,” said study co-author Gregory P. Asner, director of the Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science at Arizona State University.

Asner’s team, which focused its research on tropical ...