Study: Deforestation long overlooked as contributor to climate change

I frequently marvel at the glorious contradiction between environmental health, as a consequence of wealth and capitalism, versus the ecological and environmental destruction delivered by, nature-loving deindustrialised nations.

TAKE the border between the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic…

One side contains eco-criminals that can afford to use fossil fuels, the other, nature-lovers who are dependent on natural renewable organic biomass for energy…

https://climatism.wordpress.com/2014/01/23/shock-news-un-carbon-regime-would-devastate-humanity/

Watts Up With That?

From CORNELL UNIVERSITY

ITHACA, N.Y. – When it comes to tackling climate change, the focus often falls on reducing the use of fossil fuels and developing sustainable energy sources. But a new Cornell University study shows that deforestation and subsequent use of lands for agriculture or pasture, especially in tropical regions, contribute more to climate change than previously thought.

Deforestation for the use of clay in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro. The hill depicted is Morro da Covanca, in Jacarepaguá Credit: Alex Rio Brazil

The new paper, “Are the Impacts of Land Use on Warming Underestimated in Climate Policy?” published in Environmental Research Letters, also shows just how significantly that impact has been underestimated. Even if all fossil fuel emissions are eliminated, if current tropical deforestation rates hold steady through 2100, there will still be a 1.5 degree increase in global warming.

“A lot of the…

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