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Richard Houghton

Senior Scientist Emeritus, Woodwell Climate Research Center

Expertise: Forest ecology, Carbon modeling, Global carbon cycle

Destruction of the Amazon forest very likely contributes to global warming, as accurately described in The National Geographic article

“The article is good overall, although there are two small issues. First, the title seems to overestimate the results. The scientific study the National Geographic article is based on cannot account for all of the climate forcers, as there are no Amazon basin wide estimates (as clearly stated in the study). This drawback could potentially change the overall warming effect, and therefore the title seems to exaggerate.”