The amount of carbon dioxide that all the cars, trucks, planes, trains and ships in the world collectively emit into the atmosphere is “actually less than the carbon emissions every year that result from the chopping down and clearing of tropical forests in places like Brazil, Indonesia and the Congo,” columnist Thomas Friedman wrote. “We are now losing a tropical forest the size of New York State every year, and the carbon that releases into the atmosphere now accounts for roughly 17 percent of all global emissions contributing to climate change.”
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