Deforestation reduces rainfall and agricultural revenues in the Brazilian Amazon

The study investigates the relationship between historical deforestation and rainfall at different geographical scales across the Southern Brazilian Amazon (SBA). It also assess impacts of deforestation policy scenarios on the region’s agriculture. Forest loss of up to 55–60% within 28 km grid cells enhances rainfall, but further deforestation reduces rainfall precipitously. Also, it states that under a weak governance scenario, SBA may lose 56% of its forests by 2050. Reducing deforestation prevents agricultural losses in SBA up to US$ 1 billion annually.

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