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Decaying forest wood releases a whopping 10.9 billion tonnes of carbon each year. This will increase under climate change

By Marisa Stone, Adjunct Research Fellow, Centre for Planetary Health and Food Security, Griffith University
David Lindenmayer, Professor, The Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University
Kurtis Nisbet, Scientific Officer, Griffith University
Sebastian Seibold, Adjunct Teaching Professor, Technical University of Munich
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This is the first time researchers have calculated the amount of carbon released from the world’s decaying wood. They found insects play an enormous role.


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