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Quantifying forest change in the European Union

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This Comment was initiated by I.K.W. and P.E.K. P.C., J.F., P.H., K.T.K. and A.N. all contributed to the writing and editing of the Comment.

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Wernick, I.K., Ciais, P., Fridman, J. et al. Quantifying forest change in the European Union. Nature 592, E13–E14 (2021).

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