CO 2 emissions from forest loss

  title={CO 2 emissions from forest loss},
  author={Guido van der Werf and Douglas C. Morton and Ruth S. DeFries and J. G. J. Olivier and Prasad Kasibhatla and Robert B. Jackson and George J. Collatz and James T. Randerson},
  journal={Nature Geoscience},
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