11 January 2020

Forest loss moves swiftly once 50% deforestation ‘tipping point’ reached

A mosaic landscape in Colombia. Image by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.

Abstract: "Scientists looked at satellite images showing land use change between 1992 and 2015. Their analysis and modeling reveals that deforestation occurs relatively slowly at first, until a block has lost around 50% of its forest. After that “tipping point,” the transition to a wholly different type of landscape is much more rapid. The findings support conservation strategies aimed at protecting intact areas that still have the bulk of their forest standing."

Read More: https://news.mongabay.com/2020/01/forest-loss-deforestation-tipping-point-50/? fbclid=IwAR3SNV6jl7lYBVeoYvsJMGw3wptDck6XpzIAlHST5bmYu9nNgG7ZdeUW-P0

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