Climate Change, Deforestation, and the Fate of the Amazon

@article{Malhi2008ClimateCD,
  title={Climate Change, Deforestation, and the Fate of the Amazon},
  author={Yadvinder S. Malhi and J. Timmons Roberts and Richard A Betts and Timothy J. Killeen and Wenhong Li and Carlos A. Nobre},
  journal={Science},
  year={2008},
  volume={319},
  pages={169 - 172}
}
The forest biome of Amazonia is one of Earth's greatest biological treasures and a major component of the Earth system. This century, it faces the dual threats of deforestation and stress from climate change. Here, we summarize some of the latest findings and thinking on these threats, explore the consequences for the forest ecosystem and its human residents, and outline options for the future of Amazonia. We also discuss the implications of new proposals to finance preservation of Amazonian… Expand

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