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Forests are great natural repositories of carbon . Trees breathe in carbon dioxide and store it , acting as carbon reservoirs or sinks . As such , they are invaluable agents in keeping the level of carbon in the atmosphere stable .
To seek the preservation of tropical forests while continuing to harm the environment in other areas is to treat them not as treasurehouses of nature but as warehouses of carbon waste industrial countries ' waste .
Together these two groups of emissions , produced mainly by industrial countries , account for some 80 percent of global warming ( what scientists call radiative forcing ) : carbon dioxide for 56 percent , CFCs for 24 percent ...
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Our Country, The Planet: Forging A Partnership For SurvivalUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
This book addresses the question: "If the development of the quarter of the world's people who are now rich has brought us all so close to the limits of sustainable living on Earth, how is the ... Read full review
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Our Country, The Planet: Forging A Partnership For Survival
Shridath S. Ramphal
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