In battle to counteract climate change, a new reason to hug trees

TOM JOHNSON / NJ SPOTLIGHT – Is New Jersey doing enough to protect its 2 million acres of forests — one of the most effective tools in ridding the atmosphere of the carbon emissions that cause global warming?

That issue is attracting the attention of legislators who are looking at how they can advance climate-change adaption policies in New Jersey, a coastal state particularly vulnerable to rising sea levels and extreme storm events.

Across the United States, the nation’s forests account for 15 percent of the carbon emissions that are pulled from the air and stored, according to Jad Daley, president and CEO of American Forests, which works to build resilient forests in rural and urban settings …

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