Deforestation is driven by global markets

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Media Type: Article - Recent

Date of Publication: June 10

Year of Publication: 2021

Publication City: London, UK

Publisher: The Conversation Trust

Author(s): Ruben Valbuena , Thomas Lovejoy

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The world is at a crossroads, as humanity tries to mitigate climate change and halt biodiversity loss, while still securing a supply of food for everyone. A recent study in Nature Communications shows that global demands for commodities, especially in connection with agricultural development, are the main drivers of land use change in the global south.

A land use change is defined as a permanent or long-term conversion in the type of cover of an area of land, for instance from forest to urban use, agricultural crops or savanna, or vice versa. The researchers used modern satellite technology, now able to detect changes like deforestation in near real time, to evaluate global trends.

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