Sharpening up emissions from Asian land-use change

Carbon emissions due to changing land use and land-cover in Asia are becoming increasingly important worldwide, according to an international group of researchers.

Despite a steady decline in carbon emissions since the 1990s in the continent as a whole, South East Asia continues to see high emissions due to deforestation. But emissions due to land-use change are still hard to estimate accurately because of poor land-use definitions in the scientific literature, the team believes.

“A lot of the disagreement in our estimates simply comes from definitions,” said Benjamin Poulter of Montana State University, US. […]

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