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Tropical forests mitigate extreme weather events


December 18, 2013

map showing tropical forest area in 2012 Tropical forests reduce peak runoff during storms and release stored water during droughts, according to researchers working at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. Their results lend credence to a controversial phenomenon known as the "sponge effect," which is at the center of a debate about how to minimize flood damage and maximize water availability in the tropics. Full Story

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