The Landscape Can Protect Our Health, If We Can Protect The Landscape

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Human alterations of the land — from deforestation to erosion caused by modern agriculture — can speed climate change by releasing stores of carbon. They can also prevent the landscape from providing incidental benefits to humans, such as filtering water, thwarting the spread of infectious disease and buffering against storm surges, flooding and landslides. Experts also warn that a changing climate may be making the consequences of these losses all the worse.

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