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Changing drivers of deforestation and new opportunities for conservation.
Over the past 50 years, human agents of deforestation have changed in ways that have potentially important implications for conservation efforts. We characterized these changes through aExpand
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Agricultural intensification and changes in cultivated areas, 1970–2005
Does the intensification of agriculture reduce cultivated areas and, in so doing, spare some lands by concentrating production on other lands? Such sparing is important for many reasons, among themExpand
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Meta-analyses of case studies: A method for studying regional and global environmental change
Abstract As case studies of global environmental change accumulate over time, ways of summarizing these findings and bringing them to the attention of policymakers become more necessary. InExpand
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A Tropical Forest Transition? Agricultural Change, Out-migration, and Secondary Forests in the Ecuadorian Amazon
Could old colonization zones in the urbanizing and industrializing countries of Latin America become sites for a tropical forest transition in which reforestation becomes more prevalent thanExpand
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Forest transitions, trade, and the global displacement of land use
Reducing tropical deforestation is an international priority, given its impacts on carbon emissions and biodiversity. We examined whether recent forest transitions—a shift from net deforestation toExpand
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Is There a Forest Transition? Deforestation, Reforestation, and Development1
Abstract Environmental social scientists have recently begun to use the term 'forest transition' to describe how forest cover changes as economic development occurs in nations. The hypothesizedExpand
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Estimating the world's potentially available cropland using a bottom-up approach
Previous estimates of the land area available for future cropland expansion relied on global-scale climate, soil and terrain data. They did not include a range of constraints and tradeoffs associatedExpand
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The Context for Political Corruption: A Cross‐National Analysis
Objective. How do we explain variations across nations in the incidence of political corruption? Recent theoretical work locates the causes for corruption in a combination of institutionalExpand
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The national determinants of deforestation in sub-Saharan Africa
  • T. Rudel
  • Medicine, Biology
  • Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B…
  • 5 September 2013
For decades, the dynamics of tropical deforestation in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) have defied easy explanation. The rates of deforestation have been lower than elsewhere in the tropics, and the drivingExpand
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How do people transform landscapes? A sociological perspective on suburban sprawl and tropical deforestation.
  • T. Rudel
  • Medicine, Sociology
  • AJS; American journal of sociology
  • 1 July 2009
Humans transformed landscapes at an unprecedented scale and pace during the 20th century, creating sprawling urban areas in affluent countries and large-scale agricultural expanses in tropics. ToExpand
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