Counting the Cost of Deforestation

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Science  09 Jun 2000:
Vol. 288, Issue 5472, pp. 1763-1764
DOI: 10.1126/science.288.5472.1763

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To halt the dramatic alteration in our climate, there must be a reduction in the emission of greenhouse gases. As Bonnie and colleagues discuss in their Perspective, conservation of forests will increase carbon sequestration and decrease greenhouse gas emissions. In this issue, a cost-benefit analysis by Kremen et al. demonstrates the benefits of forest conservation on a local and global scale.