Environment

Abandoned Amazon land can advance decarbonization plan

Forest regrowth can help compensate for carbon emissions from deforestation. But one new study argues Brazil isn’t doing nearly enough of it

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Driven largely by the need to open up farmland to meet increasing global demand for products such as soybean, loggers have cleared over 810,000 square kilometers of forest in the Amazon – an area nearly as big as Norway and Sweden combined.

Deforestation is not only a tragedy for biodiversity, it also releases huge quantities of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Despite a glimmer of hope in the early 2010s, when deforestation rates plummeted to an all-time low, forest loss is once again on the rise.

The bulldozers aren’t always the end of the story. Nearly 30 percent...

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