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Rainforest and Climate Change


Cool Earth works with local communities to halt deforestation and its impact on climate change.

Protecting rainforest is the most effective climate action we can take. Take a look below to see why.

Transport

Transport

Deforestation of Earth’s tropical forests accounts for about the same amount of greenhouse gas emissions as every car, truck, bus, plane, ship and train on the planet combined1.

Deforesation

Deforesation

The halting of tropical deforestation and allowing for regrowth could mitigate up to half of net global emissions through 20502.

Carbon Sequestration

Carbon Sequestration

Tropical forests have the highest carbon density of all forest types due to their ability for vast carbon sequestration3.

CO2 Emissions

CO2 Emissions

Forest loss plays a major part in climate change. It contributes to more than 12% of all CO2 emissions4.

Degradation

Degradation

Of the world’s remaining forests, 46% are fragmented, 30% are degraded, and only 24% are intact5.

Cost-effective

Cost-effective

The planet’s rainforests are capable of providing 23% of the cost-effective climate mitigation needed before 20306.

Decades of Carbon Emissions

Decades of Carbon Emissions

In just the Amazon basin alone, some studies have estimated that forests could contain 90-140 billion tons of carbon. This could be equivalent to 9-14 decades of human carbon emissions7.

Albedo Effect

Albedo Effect

Rainforests affect the “surface albedo” or reflectivity of Earth’s surface by absorbing more heat than just bare soil. This carries moisture from forest trees into the atmosphere, where it condenses as rain8.

Guardians of Rainforest

Guardians of Rainforest

Some studies suggest that tree cover loss is less than half on indigenous or community-run land than in other areas9.

Just one tree

Just one tree

The average rainforest tree stores a minimum of 22.6 kg of carbon each year10.

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  1. IPCC Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change.

  2. Rainforest Trust. n.d. Climate Action. [online] Available at: <https://www.rainforesttrust.org/climate-action/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIsqqm1seV6gIVh8x3Ch0ADABwEAAYASAAEgIv5vD_BwE> [Accessed 22 June 2020].

  3. Cool Earth. n.d. Why Rainforest? We Depend On It For Everything.. [online] Available at: <https://www.coolearth.org/what-we-do/why-rainforests/> [Accessed 22 June 2020].

  4. Cool Earth. n.d. Why Rainforest? We Depend On It For Everything.. [online] Available at: <https://www.coolearth.org/what-we-do/why-rainforests/> [Accessed 22 June 2020].

  5. Cool Earth. n.d. Why Rainforest? We Depend On It For Everything.. [online] Available at: <https://www.coolearth.org/what-we-do/why-rainforests/> [Accessed 22 June 2020].

  6. Cool Earth. n.d. Why Rainforest? We Depend On It For Everything.. [online] Available at: <https://www.coolearth.org/what-we-do/why-rainforests/> [Accessed 22 June 2020].

  7. Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. n.d. Climate Change And Tropical Forests | Global Forest Atlas. [online] Available at: <https://globalforestatlas.yale.edu/climate-change/climate-change-and-tropical-forests> [Accessed 22 June 2020].

  8. Mongabay.com. 2012. Climatic Role Of Forests. [online] Available at: <https://rainforests.mongabay.com/0906.htm> [Accessed 22 June 2020].

  9. Simmons, D., 2018. Loss Of Tropical Forests Makes Climate Change Worse. [online] Yale Climate Connections. Available at: <https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2018/09/loss-of-tropical-forests-makes-climate-change-worse/> [Accessed 22 June 2020].

  10. Communitycarbontrees.org. n.d. Tropical Rainforest Trees – Carbon Sequestration. [online] Available at: <http://www.communitycarbontrees.org/climate-change-solutions> [Accessed 22 June 2020].

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