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Examining Earth’s Lungs


Several studies released this year and last have focused on the health of the world’s forests. Considered the Earth’s “lungs”, forests, both around the equator and away from it, are responsible for removing immense amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere while returning oxygen to it. The studies have returned mixed results.

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The Consensus

173 professional scientific organizations (and counting) around the world acknowledge the global impact of rising emissions of greenhouse gases from human activities

The Indicators

Climate Change Indicators Climate Change Indicators NASA GISS - Global Annual Mean Surface Air Temperature ChangeGlobal Temperature Sea level change from 1993 to the present day Global Sea Level Northern Hemisphere Sea Ice Anomaly, 1979-Present Arctic Ice Melt Glacial Retreat, 1980-2010 Glacial Retreat Atmospheric CO2 Concentrations, Mauna Loa Atmospheric CO2 Level