Interactions among Amazon land use, forests and climate: prospects for a near-term forest tipping point

@article{Nepstad2008InteractionsAA,
  title={Interactions among Amazon land use, forests and climate: prospects for a near-term forest tipping point},
  author={Daniel Curtis Nepstad and Claudia M. Stickler and Britaldo Soares- Filho and Frank Merry},
  journal={Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences},
  year={2008},
  volume={363},
  pages={1737 - 1746}
}
Some model experiments predict a large-scale substitution of Amazon forest by savannah-like vegetation by the end of the twenty-first century. Expanding global demands for biofuels and grains, positive feedbacks in the Amazon forest fire regime and drought may drive a faster process of forest degradation that could lead to a near-term forest dieback. Rising worldwide demands for biofuel and meat are creating powerful new incentives for agro-industrial expansion into Amazon forest regions… CONTINUE READING

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