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Cutting Down Trees Can Help Save Climate in Forest Industry Math

  • Study shows harvesting has positive effect on climate
  • Report follows intense debate about forests as carbon sinks
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Sweden’s forest industry has prepared a defense against critics who say trees should be left in the forest to bind carbon and help fight climate change.

At the heart of the conflict is the European Union’s need to regulate sustainable activities across the bloc, where forest-based carbon sinks are on average declining, in net terms. That has prompted concerns that forestry accumulates a so-called carbon debt because trees take several decades to grow back.