Protecting Tropical Forests Has Side Benefit: Slowing Climate Change; Jamie Allen; How Stuff Works

Peru – Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu

If you think climate change is bad now, two scientists estimate what it would be like without our protected forests.

While a small minority of scientists and other skeptics still debate the “truthiness” of global warming, an overall consensus remains: Thanks to human-caused climate change, the planet is heating at a rate not seen in the last 800,000 years, at least.

And while many studies and entire books have investigated the current — and future — effects of human activity and/or a warming planet, a new report out of the University of Exeter in Great Britain and the University of Queensland Australia is taking a “glass is half full” approach to explain the predicament, and to argue the need to save more tropical forests.

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