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International News from Stanford University - 2010

News Item On board an icebreaker in the Arctic

A team of Stanford Earth scientists participated in a five-week NASA-sponsored Arctic cruise to investigate the effects of climate change on marine life.

News Item Holly Gibbs: Most new farmland comes from cutting tropical forest

A new study led by a Stanford researcher shows that more than 80 percent of the new farmland created in the tropics between 1980 and 2000 came from felling forests, which sends carbon into the atmosphere and drives global warming. But the research team also noted that big agribusiness has largely replaced small farmers in doing most of the tree cutting in Brazil and Indonesia, which may make it easier to rein in the trend.