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Deforestation Moves to the Fore in Copenhagen

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Science  11 Dec 2009:
Vol. 326, Issue 5959, pp. 1465
DOI: 10.1126/science.326.5959.1465

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As the Copenhagen climate meeting unfolds this week, one key topic will be protecting the world's tropical rainforests. Deforestation is responsible for between 12% and 25% of the world's yearly greenhouse gas emissions. But the 1997 Kyoto agreement, which runs through 2012, didn't address the issue. Participating nations hope to correct that oversight in the next agreement.