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Wisconsin Energy Institute

Weston Roundtable - New Reasons to Preserve the Amazon Rainforest

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Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 4:15pm

Historically, Amazon rainforest conservation was intended to preserve biodiversity and the homes of indigenous peoples, and to maintain carbon stocks. We now have reason to believe that climate regulation by rainforests is also important for conservation. Recent calculations with coupled climate-agrometeorological models and coupled climate-hydropower models have demonstrated that widespread removal of the Amazon rainforest may affect regional climate and have serious economic consequences. 1163 Mechanical Engineering Building. 4:15-5:15 p.m. Information: 890-2517, allez@wisc.edu