Tropical forests can handle the heat, up to a point: A Science Publication

A new publication in Science ( has revealed that over the long-term, temperature has the greatest effect on forest carbon stocks by reducing growth, with drought killing trees the second key factor. This study is the first to analyse long-term climate sensitivity based on direct observation of whole forests across the tropics, which included data collected from the KBFSC plots.

“Our analysis reveals that up to a certain point of heating tropical forests are surprisingly resistant to small temperature differences. If we limit climate change they can continue to store a large amount of carbon in a warmer world.