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Cancún Delegates See the Trees Through a Forest of Hot Air

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Science  17 Dec 2010:
Vol. 330, Issue 6011, pp. 1597
DOI: 10.1126/science.330.6011.1597

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A new deal inked last week at the United Nations climate talks in Mexico paves the way for rewarding nations for maintaining their forests. A central facet of the agreement, which puts the protection of trees at the vanguard of climate negotiations, is a call for developing countries to begin calculating national totals for emissions from forest loss and to adopt systems to begin monitoring deforestation. The deal opens the door for future trading of forest credits.