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.
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)