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CO2 emissions from forest loss

Authors: 
Van der Werf, GR, DC Morton, RS DeFries, JGJ Olivier, PS Kasibhatla, RB Jackson, GJ Collatz, JT Randerson
Year: 
2009
Journal: 
Nature Geoscience
Journal Volume/Pages: 
2: 737-738

Deforestation is the second largest anthropogenic source of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, after fossil fuel combustion. Following a budget reanalysis, the contribution from deforestation is revised downwards, but tropical peatlands emerge as a notable carbon dioxide source.

Media links:
Study finds vital peatlands neglected (Reuters UK 11/4/09)
Deforestation as Carbon Culprit Drops Relative to Fossil Fuel (Bloomberg.com 11/5/09)
CO2 from forest destruction overestimated – study (The Guardian 11/3/09)
Emissions from deforestation overestimated; 12% rather than 17% (mongabay.com 11/4/09)
For peat's sake: The world’s wetlands are big sources of greenhouse gases (The Economist 11/6/09)

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