Forest loss in 2021 emitted as much carbon as India does

Flames burn up a tree
Flames burn up a tree as part of the Windy Fire in California's Trail of 100 Giants grove on Sept. 19. Sequoia National Park officials say lightning-sparked wildfires in the past two years have killed a minimum of nearly 10,000 giant sequoia trees in California.
Noah Berger | AP 2021

Climate solutions usually focus on putting less carbon into our atmosphere. That’s critical, but there’s another side to the carbon-in-carbon-out equation: forests.

They remove and store carbon. But last year, Earth lost millions of acres. And that emitted the equivalent of India’s carbon emissions.  

Andrew Freedman wrote about it for Axios, and he joined Climate Cast this week to talk about his reporting.

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