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Last week, CGD released a working paper by Jonah Busch and Jens Engelmann on the future of the world’s forests. At first glance, the predictions are dire: an area of tropical forest the size of India gone by 2050, one-sixth of the world’s carbon budget spent in the next 35 years, a world more prone to storms and natural disasters. But there is hope. Busch and Engelmann’s research shows that policies to safeguard tropical forests could quickly and affordably keep up to one-half of future carbon emissions out of the atmosphere. That would help keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius, the level scientists say will cause severe climate change.

To learn more take a look at CGD’s inaugural #CGDchat, which explored the impact of forests on climate change.

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