Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, met Monday with Dr. Jane Goodall to discuss the contribution of tropical forest destruction to carbon in the atmosphere and how tropical forest preservation can help offset the United States’ carbon footprint. Deforestation accounts for some 20% of global carbon emissions when global emissions are calculated including changes in land use and forestry.

Dr. Goodall is a scientist known for her research relating to chimpanzees, as well as a global conservationist, an author of many books, a Dame of the British Empire, and a United Nations Messenger of Peace.