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The declining tropical carbon sink

Observational data from long-term monitoring plots show that the carbon sink of remaining, undisturbed African and Amazonian tropical rainforest is declining. A study now finds that simulations from Earth system models cannot reproduce this decline.

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Fig. 1: The in- and outflow of water in a tank as an analogy for the declining carbon sink observed in tropical forests in the last three decades.


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Rammig, A., Lapola, D.M. The declining tropical carbon sink. Nat. Clim. Chang. 11, 727–728 (2021).

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