Clear-Cutting Declines in Brazil’s Rainforest, but Fires Are on the Rise

AAAS: Although the Brazilian Amazon has recently experienced a decline in deforestation rates, researchers writing in Science say that forest fires in the region are on the rise--and that the benefits of decreased deforestation could be partially offset by increased carbon dioxide emissions from those fires. The growing incidence of forest fires appears to be primarily linked to human agricultural activities near re-forested areas or forest edges. As a result, the researchers report, a ......

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