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Agriculture-Related Deforestation

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Deforestation and land-use changes related to agriculture is responsible for approximately 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions. These issues are particularly severe in tropical regions, where forests are often burned down, releasing large amounts of CO2 in the process, in order to convert land to agricultural uses, including livestock grazing and farming. Opportunities in this area include technologies to increase livestock and agricultural productivity to reduce total land requirements, the development of substitutes for particularly high-impact crops such as palm oil, and others.