European forests near ‘carbon saturation point’ 1

Since 2005, the amount of atmospheric CO2 absorbed by Europe’s trees has been slowing, researchers report in a new study.

Writing in Nature Climate Change, the report said this was a result of a declining volume of trees, deforestation and the impact of natural disturbances.

Carbon sinks play a key role in the global carbon cycle and are promoted as a way to offset rising emissions.

Gert-Jan Nabuurs from Wageningen University and Research Centre, Netherlands, said: “All of this together means that the increase in the size of the sink is stopping; it is even declining a little.

“We see this as the first signs of a saturating sink,” he said.

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