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Maxwell, S. L.; et al. (2019): Degradation and Forgone Removals Increase the Carbon Impact of Intact Forest Loss by 626%

Maxwell, Sean L., Tom Evans, James E. M. Watson, Alexandra Morel, Hedley Grantham, Adam Duncan, Nancy Harris, et al. 2019. “Degradation and Forgone Removals Increase the Carbon Impact of Intact Forest Loss by 626%.” Science Advances 5 (10): eaax2546. https://doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.aax2546.

"We show that between 2000 and 2013, direct clearance of intact tropical forest areas accounted for 3.2% of gross carbon emissions from all deforestation across the pantropics. However, full carbon accounting requires the consideration of forgone carbon sequestration, selective logging, edge effects, and defaunation. When these factors were considered, the net carbon impact resulting from intact tropical forest loss between 2000 and 2013 increased by a factor of 6 (626%), from 0.34 (0.37 to 0.21) to 2.12 (2.85 to 1.00) petagrams of carbon (equivalent to approximately 2 years of global land use change emissions)."

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