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March 13 2013

Increased Sugar Cane Production in Brazil May Affect Regional Climate

At a time when Brazil is expected to bump up its sugar cane output, researchers find that converting lands from tropical savannas to sugar cane plantations could alter the local climate.

Temperatures could fall about 1 degree Celsius during the peak of the growing season and rise an equivalent amount after harvest, said researchers from Arizona State University and the Carnegie Institution for Science's Department of Global Ecology. While the results suggest that more fields of sugar cane won't drastically alter the landscape, they could affect local seasonal temperatures.

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