Nature99: Crypting Deforestation and Burning in Brazil’s Amazonia – New Insights

 

Crypting Deforestation and Burning in Brazil’s Amazonia – New Insights


Research performed by scientists of The Woods HoleResearch Center and collaborating institutions appeared in the 8 April 1999 edition of the journal Nature, highlighting the issue of “cryptic deforestation.” Fire field surveys for the study were conducted together with Brazilian institutions. According to the paper featured on the cover of Nature’s issue, as much as half of forest damage in Amazonia may go undetected by satellite mapping. One conclusion to be drawn from these findings is that more carbon dioxide, a major contributor to global warming, is being released into the atmosphere from the rainforest than scientists had previously calculated. For details on the report entitled “Large Scale impoverishment of Amazonian forests by logging and fire”, please click on the Woods Hole Research Center Homepage (http://www.whrc.org/news/nature99.htm).


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