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Carbon Cost From Logging, Burning And Agriculture Throughout Human History

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August 12, 1999
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Carnegie Institution Of Washington
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In a study presented August 11, 1999, at the meeting of the Ecological Society of America in Spokane, Washington, scientists have reported that the amount of vegetation that has been lost to logging, burning, and agriculture throughout human history is the equivalent of about 180 billion tons of carbon-carbon transferred to the atmosphere as the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide.

What would the world's forests and natural vegetation be like if humans never roamed the Earth, and how does this compare to what really happened?


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