Commentary


Nature Geoscience 2, 737 - 738 (2009)
doi:10.1038/ngeo671

There is a Correction (December 2009) associated with this Commentary.

CO2 emissions from forest loss

G. R. van der Werf1, D. C. Morton2, R. S. DeFries3, J. G. J. Olivier4, P. S. Kasibhatla5, R. B. Jackson5, G. J. Collatz2 & J. T. Randerson6

  1. Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences,VU University Amsterdam, De Boelelaan 1085, 1081HV, Amsterdam, The Netherlands,
  2. Hydrospheric and Biospheric Sciences Laboratory, Code 614.4, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland 20771, USA,
  3. Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology, Columbia University, 10th Floor Schermerhorn Extension, 1200 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, New York 10027, USA
  4. Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, PO Box 303, 3720AH Bilthoven, The Netherlands
  5. Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina 27708, USA and
  6. Earth System Science Department, 3212 Croul Hall, University of California, Irvine, California 92697, USA.

Correspondence to: G. R. van der Werf1 e-mail: guido.van.der.werf@falw.vu.nl


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.

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