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U.S. Forest Service says trees can slow global warming, but wildfires a concern

Although forests help slow global warming, storing enough carbon to offset about 16 percent of the nation's fossil fuel emissions, wildfires can produce massive amounts of carbon dioxide.

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Forests slow climate change, but wildfires, such as the one pictured here in Wrightwood, Calif., can release massive amounts of carbon dioxide.


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