A global analysis reveals for the first time that across almost all tree species, fast growing trees have shorter lifespans.
This international study further calls into question predictions that greater tree growth means greater carbon storage in forests in the long term.
Currently, forests absorb large amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere. This is thought to be due to higher temperatures and abundant CO2 stimulating growth in trees, allowing them to absorb more CO2 as they grow. MORE
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