TROPICAL DEFORESTATION AND GREENHOUSE-GAS EMISSIONS

TROPICAL DEFORESTATION AND GREENHOUSE-GAS EMISSIONS A recent (2002) analysis concluded that rates of tropical deforestation and atmospheric carbon emissions during the 1990––1997 interval were lower than previously suggested. We challenged this assertion with respect to tropical carbon emissions, but our conclusions were disputed by the authors of the original study. Here we provide further evidence to support our conclusion that the effect of tropical deforestation on greenhouse-gas emissions and global warming is substantial. At least for Brazilian Amazonia, the net impact of tropical deforestation on global warming may be more than double that estimated in the recent study. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Ecological Applications Ecological Society of America

TROPICAL DEFORESTATION AND GREENHOUSE-GAS EMISSIONS

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Publisher
Ecological Society of America
Copyright
Copyright © 2004 by the Ecological Society of America
Subject
Regular Article
ISSN
1051-0761
DOI
10.1890/03-5225
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Abstract

A recent (2002) analysis concluded that rates of tropical deforestation and atmospheric carbon emissions during the 1990––1997 interval were lower than previously suggested. We challenged this assertion with respect to tropical carbon emissions, but our conclusions were disputed by the authors of the original study. Here we provide further evidence to support our conclusion that the effect of tropical deforestation on greenhouse-gas emissions and global warming is substantial. At least for Brazilian Amazonia, the net impact of tropical deforestation on global warming may be more than double that estimated in the recent study.

Journal

Ecological ApplicationsEcological Society of America

Published: Aug 1, 2004

Keywords: Amazon ; carbon emission ; deforestation ; global warming ; tropical forest

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