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Elison and 21 co-workers review research showing that forest, water and energy interactions provide foundations for carbon storage, for cooling terrestrial surfaces and distributing water resources. The authors imply that forest-driven water and energy cycles are poorly integrated into regional, national, continental and global decision-making on climate change adaptation, mitigation, land use and water management. They call for a prioritization of the hydrologic and climate-cooling effects of trees and forests while carbon storage should be a secondary, valuable, by-product. Read the whole article in Global Environmental Change.

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