We have good news for tropical forests and people who like to breathe.

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A few days ago, Brazil committed to restoring a degraded area about the size of Minnesota. It will reforest 12 million hectares, and restore another 10 million hectares as low-carbon agriculture and pasture land.

And yesterday, Indonesia strengthened its moratorium on converting peat swamps to agriculture. Between now and 2030, that could keep as much carbon in the ground as is emitted each year by the U.S., according to the World Resources Institute.

There’s more and more evidence piling up showing the importance of trees for development and for the environment. Want high-tech machines to suck greenhouse gases out of the air? We already have some great ones operating at scale — they are called forests.

This story was originally published by Grist with the headline We have good news for tropical forests and people who like to breathe. on Dec 6, 2016.