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  • Team finds a better way to gauge the climate costs of land use change

    Tropical rainforests have an even greater climate cooling impact when biophysical attributes, such as evapotranspiration, are included in calculations. Other ecoregions, such as boreal forests, have less climate cooling potential when biophysical attributes are also considered.

    Tropical rainforests have an even greater climate cooling impact when biophysical attributes, such as evapotranspiration, are included in calculations. Other ecoregions, such as boreal forests, have less climate cooling potential when biophysical attributes are also considered.

    Graphic by Kristina Anderson-Teixeira

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      Tropical rainforests have an even greater climate cooling impact when biophysical attributes, such as evapotranspiration, are included in calculations. Other ecoregions, such as boreal forests, have less climate cooling potential when biophysical attributes are also considered.

      Graphic by Kristina Anderson-Teixeira

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      University of Illinois plant biology and Energy Biosciences Institute (EBI) professor Evan DeLucia and postdoctoral researcher Kristina Anderson-Teixeira developed a new way to calculate the potential climate impacts of land use changes, one that takes into account the greenhouse gas value and the biophysical attributes of different ecosystems.

      Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

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