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Land use change has warmed the Earth's surface

20 February 2018

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Recent changes to vegetation cover are causing the Earth's surface to heat up. Activities like cutting down evergreen forests for agricultural expansion in the tropics create energy imbalances that lead to higher local surface temperatures and contribute to global warming.

Natural ecosystems play a crucial role in helping combat climate change, air pollution and soil erosion. A new study by a team of JRC researchers sheds light on another, less well-known aspect of how these ecosystems, and forests in particular, can protect our planet against global warming.

Source: European Commission

Image credit: Adobe Stock - Changes to the way land is used is having a knock-on effect on temperatures.