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Lapola et al. 2023

Lapola, D., P. Pinho, J. Barlow, L.E.O.C. Aragão, E. Berenguer, R. Carmenta, H.M. Liddy, H. Seixas, C.V.J. Silva, C.H.L. Silva-Junior, A.A.C. Alencar, L.O. Anderson, D. Armenteras, V. Brovkin, K. Calders, J. Chambers, L. Chini, M.H. Costa, B.L. de Faria, P.M. Fearnside, J. Ferreira, L. Gatti, V.H. Gutierrez-Velez, Z. Han, K. Hibbard, C.D. Koven, P. Lawrence, J. Pongratz, B.T.T. Portela, M. Rounsevell, A.C. Ruane, R. Schaldach, S.S. da Silva, C. von Randow, and W.S. Walker, 2023: The drivers and impacts of Amazon forest degradation. Science, 379, no. 6630, eabp8622, doi:10.1126/science.abp8622.

Approximately 2.5×106 square kilometers of the Amazon forest are currently degraded by fire, edge effects, timber extraction, and/or extreme drought, representing 38% of all remaining forests in the region. Carbon emissions from this degradation total up to 0.2 petagrams of carbon per year (Pg C/year), which is equivalent to, if not greater than, the emissions from Amazon deforestation (0.06 to 0.21 Pg C/year). Amazon forest degradation can reduce dry-season evapotranspiration by up to 34% and cause as much biodiversity loss as deforestation in human-modified landscapes, generating uneven socioeconomic burdens, mainly to forest dwellers. Projections indicate that degradation will remain a dominant source of carbon emissions independent of deforestation rates. Policies to tackle degradation should be integrated with efforts to curb deforestation and complemented with innovative measures addressing the disturbances that degrade the Amazon forest.

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  author={Lapola, D. and Pinho, P. and Barlow, J. and Aragão, L. E. O. C. and Berenguer, E. and Carmenta, R. and Liddy, H. M. and Seixas, H. and Silva, C. V. J. and Silva-Junior, C. H. L. and Alencar, A. A. C. and Anderson, L. O. and Armenteras, D. and Brovkin, V. and Calders, K. and Chambers, J. and Chini, L. and Costa, M. H. and de Faria, B. L. and Fearnside, P. M. and Ferreira, J. and Gatti, L. and Gutierrez-Velez, V. H. and Han, Z. and Hibbard, K. and Koven, C. D. and Lawrence, P. and Pongratz, J. and Portela, B. T. T. and Rounsevell, M. and Ruane, A. C. and Schaldach, R. and da Silva, S. S. and von Randow, C. and Walker, W. S.},
  title={The drivers and impacts of Amazon forest degradation},

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ID  - la00600i
AU  - Lapola, D.
AU  - Pinho, P.
AU  - Barlow, J.
AU  - Aragão, L. E. O. C.
AU  - Berenguer, E.
AU  - Carmenta, R.
AU  - Liddy, H. M.
AU  - Seixas, H.
AU  - Silva, C. V. J.
AU  - Silva-Junior, C. H. L.
AU  - Alencar, A. A. C.
AU  - Anderson, L. O.
AU  - Armenteras, D.
AU  - Brovkin, V.
AU  - Calders, K.
AU  - Chambers, J.
AU  - Chini, L.
AU  - Costa, M. H.
AU  - de Faria, B. L.
AU  - Fearnside, P. M.
AU  - Ferreira, J.
AU  - Gatti, L.
AU  - Gutierrez-Velez, V. H.
AU  - Han, Z.
AU  - Hibbard, K.
AU  - Koven, C. D.
AU  - Lawrence, P.
AU  - Pongratz, J.
AU  - Portela, B. T. T.
AU  - Rounsevell, M.
AU  - Ruane, A. C.
AU  - Schaldach, R.
AU  - da Silva, S. S.
AU  - von Randow, C.
AU  - Walker, W. S.
PY  - 2023
TI  - The drivers and impacts of Amazon forest degradation
JA  - Science
VL  - 379
IS  - 6630
SP  - eabp8622
DO  - 10.1126/science.abp8622
ER  -

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