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Tropical forests lost to land grabbing

Large-scale land acquisitions accelerate tropical deforestation, suggests an analysis of two decades of land-deal and forest-cover data. Such exploitation will threaten the future of these globally crucial carbon sinks and biodiversity hotspots.

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Fig. 1: Tropical forest in Alto Mayo, Peru.

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Neef, A. Tropical forests lost to land grabbing. Nat. Geosci. 13, 460–461 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41561-020-0604-3

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