Study: Deforestation destroys more dry forest than climate change

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From the TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF MUNICH (TUM)

Ecuador: Deforestation destroys more dry forest than climate change
Study compares dry forest losses due to land use change or global warming

Tropical forests all over the world are at risk. Two of the main threats are the deforestation for arable land and climate change. Scientists from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the Thünen-Institute compared the losses due to deforestation with those that would result in extreme climate change scenarios in Ecuador. Although global warming is likely to change the distribution of species, deforestation will result in the loss of more dry forests than predicted by climate change damage.

Most of Ecuador’s dry forests are located in the southwest of the country, in the Tumbes-Chocó-Magdalena region. Photo: P. Hildebrandt/ TUM

A large proportion of Ecuador’s rare dry forests are located in the southwest of the country, in the Tumbes-Chocó-Magdalena region. These forests…

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