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Slowing tropical deforestation is one of the most important ways to avert severe climate change, according to a new study published today in the journal Science. An international team of 11 top forest and climate researchers found that cutting deforestation rates in half by mid-century would amount to 12 percent of the emissions reductions needed to keep concentrations of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere at relatively safe levels.
Tropical deforestation currently accounts for about 20 percent of worldwide global warming emissions. Dramatically scaling it back is projected to cost less than $20 per ton of carbon dioxide, making it a cost-effective complement to needed reductions in industrial emissions, according to the IPCC.
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