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Classifying drivers of global forest loss

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Science  14 Sep 2018:
Vol. 361, Issue 6407, pp. 1108-1111
DOI: 10.1126/science.aau3445

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Mapping global deforestation patterns

Forest loss is being driven by various factors, including commodity production, forestry, agriculture, wildfire, and urbanization. Curtis et al. used high-resolution Google Earth imagery to map and classify global forest loss since 2001. Just over a quarter of global forest loss is due to deforestation through permanent land use change for the production of commodities, including beef, soy, palm oil, and wood fiber. Despite regional differences and efforts by governments, conservationists, and corporations to stem the losses, the overall rate of commodity-driven deforestation has not declined since 2001.

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