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Report: High Carbon Dioxide Boosts Duke Forest Growth By 25 Percent

term, the striking growth increases recorded during the first two years of the FACTS-1 study serve to highlight the environmental downside of suburban sprawl that is invading woodlands in the South and elsewhere, Schlesinger said.

"To the extent that we convert any of these fast growing forested lands to parking lots and shopping centers, that carbon sink is totally gone," he added. "Not only is the sink gone, but the carbon that used to be in the trees has probably been returned to the atmosphere by burning the trees or using the wood products in things like paper towels and cardboard boxes that later decompose or are burned."


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Contact: Monte Basgall
Basgall@duke.edu
919-681-8057
Duke University Medical Center
14-May-1999


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