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Here's an interesting wrinkle on the ongoing effort to slow Amazon deforestation: Reuters reports that even though tree-felling is indeed slowing, the area of land being burned by farmers is actually increasing, hidden from satellites under the forest canopy:In fact, fire occurrence has increased in 59% of the areas experiencing reduced deforestation rates. The burning is done to clear undergrowth and add nutrients to the soil, but also increases greenhouse gas emissions and negates part of the benefits of reducing deforestation itself.
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