Increased atmospheric CO₂ making it harder for soil to store carbon

Elevated levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide affect carbon cycling and accelerate soil carbon loss in forests.

The evidence supports an emerging view that although forests remove a substantial amount of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, much of the carbon is being stored in living woody biomass rather than as dead organic matter in soils.

Carbon stored in soils, as opposed to in the wood of trees, is desirable from a management perspective in that soils are more stable over time, so carbon can be locked away for hundreds to thousands of years and not contribute to atmospheric carbon dioxide increases.

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