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  1. #1 Stored carbon? 
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    Does the burning of trees during deforestation cause an increase in CO2 in the atmosphere (because it releases long-stored carbon)? Or is any CO2 released 'carbon neutral'?
    If the latter, would the increase in CO2 by deforestation just be due to a reduction in trees available to absorb it by photosynthesis?

    Is methane also released by burning trees?

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    Quote Originally Posted by emetzner
    Does the burning of trees during deforestation cause an increase in CO2 in the atmosphere (because it releases long-stored carbon)?
    Absolutely so.

    Quote Originally Posted by emetzner
    Or is any CO2 released 'carbon neutral'?
    This is used as an excuse if the trees are replaced with saplings. It doesn't make terribly much sense, though, since the new forrest will take decades to return to the original state.

    Quote Originally Posted by emetzner
    If the latter, would the increase in CO2 by deforestation just be due to a reduction in trees available to absorb it by photosynthesis?
    This is also a problem, yes. You're pretty much agreeing with what I said above.

    Quote Originally Posted by emetzner
    Is methane also released by burning trees?
    No, or not in any great volume. Methane will burn with the rest of the tree, if formed at all.


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