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How to keep the Amazon from burning

First the bad news: there’s a good chance that, as the planet continues to warm, Amazon rain forests will become dramatically more fire-prone. The vast jungles known as Earth’s lungs will deteriorate.

Now the good: new research suggests that how people use land has far more influence on whether the Amazon burns than does climate. An undegraded Amazon may even offset fire risks posed by climate change. Keeping Earth’s lungs breathing is eminently within people’s grasp.