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Saturday, October 22, 2005

25% more carbon released by Amazon deforestation than first thought

A recent article in Science magazine details research by American and Brazilian scientists using high-resolution satellite imagery to refine estimates of the amount of logging occuring in the Amazon rainforest. These new estimates suggest that "stealth" logging, in which individual prize trees are removed is very widespread and that previous estimates may have underestimated that amount of carbon dioxide released by Amazon deforestation by as much as 25%. For a forest the size of the Amazon, that is a lot of greenhouse gases...


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