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CO2 emissions from forest loss

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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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  1. Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences,VU University Amsterdam, De Boelelaan 1085, 1081HV, Amsterdam, The Netherlands,

    • G. R. van der Werf
  2. Hydrospheric and Biospheric Sciences Laboratory, Code 614.4, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland 20771, USA,

    • D. C. Morton
    •  & G. J. Collatz
  3. Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology, Columbia University, 10th Floor Schermerhorn Extension, 1200 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, New York 10027, USA

    • R. S. DeFries
  4. Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, PO Box 303, 3720AH Bilthoven, The Netherlands

    • J. G. J. Olivier
  5. Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina 27708, USA and

    • P. S. Kasibhatla
    •  & R. B. Jackson
  6. Earth System Science Department, 3212 Croul Hall, University of California, Irvine, California 92697, USA.

    • J. T. Randerson

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