Sunday, February 21, 2010

Saving the Amazon may be the most cost-effective way to cut greenhouse gas emissions

Ranchers in Mato Grosso
Beginning in the 1960s, politicians in Brazil pushed to populate the rain forest and to clear tracts for cattle, soybeans and timber. Across the Amazon, homesteaders were promised title to their plots if they cut down trees to make the land "productive."

Photo courtesy of Charles Thomas/Flickr

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