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Cutting down trees can help save climate in forest industry math

Stacked lumber at a construction site at the Sixth Street Viaduct replacement project in Los Angeles, California. Foto: Bloomberg/Bing Guan

Sweden's forest industry has prepared a defense against critics who say trees should be left in the forest to bind carbon and help fight climate change.

At the heart of the conflict is the European Union's need to regulate sustainable activities across the bloc, where forest-based carbon sinks are on average declining, in net terms. That has prompted concerns that forestry accumulates a so-called carbon debt because trees take several decades to grow back...

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