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UN poised to agree action to halt rainforest destruction

Date : 12th December 2008, Source : The Independent (UK)

Britain is brokering the world's first agreement on curbing the enormous contribution tropical deforestation makes to climate change, which is likely to be signed at the UN climate conference in Poznan, Poland, later today. It will take the form of a statement of intent by countries with large tracts of rainforest, such as Brazil, and concerned developed nations, mainly in Europe, for a joint approach to halting forest destruction. The removal of tropical forests is responsible for about 18 per cent of all the carbon dioxide emissions causing global warming more than all the emissions from the world's transport sector. Huge amounts of carbon stored in trees are released when forests are cleared, especially if the clearance involves burning.

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