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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In 30 years, the burned surface of the Amazon forest will have doubled. A study that examines the evolution of fires this century shows that the negative interaction between deforestation and climate change will result in even more devastating fires.

As a consequence, much of the Amazon region will become a defined emitter of greenhouse gases that, in turn, will feed back the process. Some experts are beginning to talk about a point of no return and the savannization of the Amazon.

Brazilian and North American researchers have created a model for the evolution of fires . . .

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