Deforestation falls but rise of wildfires continues degrading Brazilian Amazon forests

Mataveli, Guilherme, Jones, Matthew W. ORCID:, Carmenta, Rachel ORCID:, Sanchez, Alber, Dutra, Débora J., Chaves, Michel, de Oliveira, Gabriel, Anderson, Liana O. and Aragão, Luiz E. O. C. (2024) Deforestation falls but rise of wildfires continues degrading Brazilian Amazon forests. Global Change Biology, 30 (2). ISSN 1354-1013

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In 2023, Brazil achieved positive environmental strides in the Amazon, with a 22% reduction in deforestation rates and a 16% decline in total fire counts compared with 2022, attributed to renewed environmental policy implementation. However, despite progress, deforestation remains above the target, and forest wildfires in old-growth Amazonian forests surged by 152% in 2023 versus 2022, threatening biodiversity and carbon stocks. The rise in fires poses challenges for traditional farmers, impacts urban areas' air quality, and necessitates urgent measures like enhanced firefighting capabilities and long-term strategies for fire-free production chains to protect the Amazonian standing forests—a global socio-environmental asset.

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Additional Information: Funding Information: This work was supported by FAPESP (2019/25701‐8, 2020/15230‐5, 2020/08916‐8, 2021/04019‐4, 2021/07382‐2), NERC (NE/V01417X/), CNPq (314473/2020‐3, 314416/2020‐0), FAPEAM (0102016301000289/2021‐33), and DS Brigde School — Amazon Task Force 2023.
Uncontrolled Keywords: global and planetary change,environmental chemistry,ecology,environmental science(all),sdg 11 - sustainable cities and communities ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2300/2306
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
University of East Anglia Research Groups/Centres > Theme - ClimateUEA
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Global Development (formerly School of International Development)
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Climatic Research Unit
University of East Anglia Schools > Faculty of Science > Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
Faculty of Science > Research Centres > Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 16 May 2024 09:31
Last Modified: 20 May 2024 02:32
DOI: 10.1111/gcb.17202

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