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Climate change, deforestation, and the fate of the Amazon.

The forest biome of Amazonia is one of Earth's greatest biological treasures and a major component of the Earth system. This century, it faces the dual threats of deforestation and stress from climate change. Here, we summarize some of the latest findings and thinking on these threats, explore the consequences for the forest ecosystem and its human residents, and outline options for the future of Amazonia. We also discuss the implications of new proposals to finance preservation of Amazonian forests.

Pubmed ID: 18048654

Authors

  • Malhi Y
  • Roberts JT
  • Betts RA
  • Killeen TJ
  • Li W
  • Nobre CA

Journal

Science (New York, N.Y.)

Publication Data

January 11, 2008

Associated Grants

None

Mesh Terms

  • Agriculture
  • Animals
  • Biodiversity
  • Brazil
  • Climate
  • Conservation of Natural Resources
  • Disasters
  • Ecosystem
  • Fires
  • Greenhouse Effect
  • Humans
  • South America
  • Trees