Save Our Selvas
In the past decades the relationship between forests and climate change has focused on the amount of carbon stored in forests and the amount of carbon dioxide released when forests are converted in other land uses. Only recently we begin to understand the relationship between patters of rainfall and forest cover. Studies showed that forests evaporate large amounts of water into the atmosphere and that half of that amount returns to land in the form of rainfall. Continuous forest cover therefore plays an important role in interior rainfall patterns. Although debated these findings will broaden our view of the link between forests and climate change and subsequently require a broader portfolio of policy measures than the current ones.
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