Fire Influences Global Warming More Than Previously Thought

April 23, 2009

By Flinn Foundation

[Source: ScienceDaily] – Fire’s potent and pervasive effects on ecosystems and on many Earth processes, including climate change, have been underestimated, according to a new report.

“We’ve estimated that deforestation due to burning by humans is contributing about one-fifth of the human-caused greenhouse effect — and that percentage could become larger,” said co-author Thomas W. Swetnam of The University of Arizona in Tucson.

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