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Title: Amazonian forest loss and the long reach of China's influence
Authors: Fearnside, Philip Martin
Figueiredo, Adriano Marcos Rodrigues
Bonjour, Sandra C M
Keywords: Agricultural Land
Economic Growth
Environmental Impact
Hydroelectric Power
Mineral Processing
Natural Resources
Glycine Max
Issue Date: 2013
metadata.dc.publisher.journal: Environment, Development and Sustainability
metadata.dc.relation.ispartof: Volume 15, Número 2, Pags. 325-338
Abstract: This paper explores China's role in deforestation in Latin America. Brazil's Amazon region contains vast natural resources including land, timber, minerals and hydroelectric potential. China's strong economy and large demands relative to domestic supplies of these resources mean that China has become Brazil's largest trading partner, primarily for natural resources. The paper examines how China influences deforestation in Brazilian Amazonia in a variety of ways, including through the direct influence of Chinese enterprises through land purchases and other mechanisms. This paper finds that the rapid rise in exports of soy and beef products to China are two of the major drivers of Amazonian deforestation in Brazil. The paper further argues that Chinese purchases of agricultural and forest land and Chinese imports of commodities such as timber and aluminum also cause environmental impacts in Amazonia. Chinese financing and investment in Amazonian infrastructure such as railways and mineral processing facilities have additional impacts. © 2012 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.
metadata.dc.identifier.doi: 10.1007/s10668-012-9412-2
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