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John P. Holdren (Image courtesy of Martha Stewart)

John P. Holdren
(Image courtesy of
Martha Stewart)

Although the Brazilian Amazon has recently experienced a decline in deforestation rates, researchers writing in Science say that forest fires in the region are on the rise—and that the benefits of decreased deforestation could be partially offset by increased carbon dioxide emissions from those fires.