Climate Change, deforestation and the fate of the Amazon

Journal Article (Academic article)

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 forests.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Malhi, Y; Roberts, JT; Betts, RA; Killeen, TJ; Li, W; Nobre, CA

Published Date

  • 2008

Published In

  • Science

Volume / Issue

  • 319 / 5860

Start / End Page

  • 169 - 172

PubMed ID

  • 18048654

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1126/science.1146961