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Amazon forest fires ‘on the rise’

Posted by Lindy on June 7, 2010


Fire incidents have increased in 59% of areas where there is reduced deforestation. The result is the release of large amounts of stored carbon. What does this mean? There are at least 2 possibilities:

1. Where these intact areas are bordered by deforested land where slash and burn is still used to clear land

2. Where droughts are already impinging on the amount of stored moisture in the system.

REDD funds are concentrated on those areas which are still fully forested. However, ignore the margins at their peril. To clear the scrub for production is not easy if fire is not used. So if there is a ban on fire even in the vicinity of the forests then funds must be found to support this. Is this an area that REDD should be looking at?

For a full discussion

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/science_and_environment/10228989.stm

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