Philippines typhoon may have caused carbon release

11/12/2013 | New Scientist

The swathe of uprooted trees left behind in the aftermath of the deadly Super Typhoon Haiyan, which ravaged the Philippines last week, may release a pulse of carbon into the atmosphere, contributing to global warming. It is too soon to know how much carbon has been released due to one of the strongest storms to hit landfall, but studies of previous storms suggest the amount could be significant. Forests can recapture the carbon as they regrow, but that depends on how quickly they grow back and the impact of subsequent storms, researchers said.

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