NCEAS Product 23870

Balch, Jennifer K.; Nepstad, Daniel C.; Brando, Paulo M.; Alencar, Ane. 2010. Comment on the incidence of fire in Amazonian forests with implications for REDD. Science. Vol: 330. Pages 1627-b. (Abstract) (Online version)


Aragão and Shimabukuro (Reports, 4 June 2010, p. 1275) reported that fires increase in agricultural frontiers even as deforestation decreases and concluded that these fires lead to unaccounted carbon emissions under the United Nations climate treaty's tropical deforestation and forest degradation component. Emissions from post-deforestation management activities are, in fact, included in these estimates—but burning of standing forests is not.