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Deforestation is driven by global markets

By Ruben Valbuena, Lecturer in Forest Sciences, Bangor University
Thomas Lovejoy, Senior Fellow, UN Foundation and University Professor, George Mason University
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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…

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