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Response to 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.1195063

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Balch et al. suggest that the increased fire frequency reported in our study is principally due to post-deforestation activities. We present a new analysis demonstrating that for the majority of grid cells with positive fire trends, there is a low likelihood that these trends have resulted exclusively from post-deforestation activities. We therefore confirm that fires pose a growing threat to reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD) policies.

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