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CO2 emissions from land use change

Emissions of carbon dioxide due to changes in land use mainly come from the cutting down of forests and instead using the land for agriculture or built-up areas, urbanisation, roads etc. When large areas of rain forests are cut down, the land often turns into less productive grasslands with considerably less capacity of storing CO2.

Year: 2005

From collection: Vital Climate Graphics

Cartographer: Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal

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