The world's forests also play a critical role in climate change through global warming. Currently, the trees in forests act as a reservoir, storing huge amounts of carbon, sequestering it from the atmosphere. The problem arises, however, when the trees are cut and burned. This process takes the carbon from the "sink" it has been stored in and releases enormous amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere. Currently, huge areas of forests are being cut and burned at alarming rates. This uncontrolled deforestation is not only releasing CO2 into the atmosphere, but also changing the climate regime worldwide. This chapter discusses the pertinent issues of deforestation, the impacts of climate change, and the forest resources currently at risk as global warming escalates.
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Global warming is a huge problem which will significantly affect every country in the world. Many people all over the world are trying to do whatever they can to help combat the effects of global warming. One of the ways that people can fight global warming is to reduce their dependence on non-renewable energy sources like oil and petroleum based products.