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Drought and #deforestation in southeast Asia linked to climate change [archive]

Drought and #deforestation in southeast Asia linked to climate change [archive]

Drought and deforestation in southeast Asia to contribute to climate change Rhett A. Butler, mongabay.com December 9, 2008 Fires linked to drought and deforestation in Borneo, Sumatra, and New Guinea trigger the releaseof 3.3 billion tons of CO2 between 2000-2006 Researchers have linked drought and deforestation in southeast Asia to climate change. Analyzing six years of climate and fire data from satellites, Guido van der Werf and colleagues report that burning of rainforests and peatlands in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Papua New Guinea released an average of 128 million tons of carbon (470 million tons of carbon dioxide - CO2) per year between 2000 and 2006. Fire emissions showed highly variability during the period, but were greatest in dry years, such as those that occur during El Niño events. Borneo was the largest source of fire emissions during the period, averaging 74...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2008/1209-forests_drought.html

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