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Comment on “The Incidence of Fire in Amazonian Forests with Implications for REDD”

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Science  17 Dec 2010:
Vol. 330, Issue 6011, pp. 1627
DOI: 10.1126/science.1194032

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Aragão and Shimabukuro (Reports, 4 June 2010, p. 1275) reported that fires increase in agricultural frontiers even as deforestation decreases and concluded that these fires lead to unaccounted carbon emissions under the United Nations climate treaty's tropical deforestation and forest degradation component. Emissions from post-deforestation management activities are, in fact, included in these estimates—but burning of standing forests is not.

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