Earth's 'lungs' could start deteriorating in as little as two decades

A Stuff article.

Some of the world’s biggest forests might start losing their carbon-sucking powers in just a few decades, says a study by New Zealand and US scientists.

We rely on plants to suck in a quarter or more of our fossil fuel emissions.

But, unless we slow global heating, up to half the world’s forests and grasslands could pass their peak carbon dioxide uptake within the next two to three decades, according to a study in the journal Science Advances by researchers at Northern Arizona University (NAU) and the University of Waikato.

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