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deforestation in Brazil
Deforestation in Brazil
Practices or processes that result in the change of forested lands to non-forest uses. Deforestation is often cited as one of the major causes of the enhanced greenhouse effect for two reasons: 1) the burning or decomposition of the wood releases carbon dioxide; and 2) trees that once removed carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in the process of photosynthesis are no longer present and contributing to carbon storage.


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