Climate Talks: What's at Stake for the World's Forests

Infographic shows how dramatically slowing deforestation, the world’s second-largest contributor of carbon emissions, is crucial to solving climate change.

An aerial view shows the Amazon rainforest at the Bom Futuro National Forest near Rio Pardo in Porto Velho, Rondonia State, Brazil, September 3, 2015. Credit: REUTERS/Nacho Doce

Editor's note: This infographic is part of the ICN "What's at Stake" series highlighting the key impacts associated with climate change. See also What's at Stake for the World's Species and What's at Stake for the World's Coasts.

The destruction of the world's forests is accelerating climate change by spewing carbon that trees sop up as they grow back into the atmosphere. Climate change impacts such as rising temperatures and drought can also exacerbate forest loss. Despite efforts to curb deforestation and forest degradation, global forest loss still outpaces forest growth and contributes to 10 percent of global carbon emissions. Here's an overview of why saving our forests is a critical climate solution.

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