Climate Change

Zombie Carbon Emissions Haunt the Planet

Decomposing trees release a huge volume of lagging CO2, killing species and hobbling efforts to fight global warming.

Lagging emissions from deforestation are lethal. Above, the Amazon rain forest.

Photographer: Brazil Photos/LightRocket via Getty Images

Deforestation in the Amazon region dropped by 30 percent  from 2005 to 2010, sparing trees that soak up carbon dioxide. A big win in the fight against climate change, right? 

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