Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
It's true that today's deforestation is happening mainly in Brazil (38% of Amazonian mass since 1960), but where would we find the additional 10-11% of German land (visually according to graph at top of page) required to maintain current meat consumption levels when oil-fertilizers will have disappeared and organic crops will be the norm? We'll have to use part of the 30% of land area occupied by forests in Germany, that's for sure.

And though those 30% of forest are more than what they were a century ago, a century ago they acted as carbon sinks for a world which didn't have the same level of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Thus, since today's carbon schema is different, it's today's surface that we should use to measure carbon sink losses, not 1900's, don't you agree?

Also, you must be careful about what is called forest cover these days. Semi-urban areas can be considered as part of forests, depending on the tree implantation and model used.

by Alex in Toulouse on Thu Jan 26th, 2006 at 11:08:38 AM EST
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