Deforestation in the Amazon contributes to carbon emissions primarily by the use to which the deforested land is put: cattle ranching, in most cases. Cattle ranching in and around the Amazon area accounted for 1.09 billion metric tons of carbon emissions in 2006. Global carbon emissions were about 28.43 billion. Therefore, activities in the Amazon are responsible for at least 3.83% of the world’s carbon emissions. This is a rough calculation, however, and does not take into account the emissions from the process of deforestation itself or the loss of the mitigating effects on CO2 of the rainforest that was cut down.
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