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Cultural and Environmental Predictors of Pre-European Deforestation on Pacific Islands

Atkinson, Quentin D; Coomber, Ties; Passmore, Sam; Greenhill, Simon J; Kushnick, Geoff


The varied islands of the Pacific provide an ideal natural experiment for studying the factors shaping human impact on the environment. Previous research into pre-European deforestation across the Pacific indicated a major effect of environment but did not account for cultural variation or control for dependencies in the data due to shared cultural ancestry and geographic proximity. The relative importance of environment and culture on Pacific deforestation and forest replacement and the extent...[Show more]

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Date published: 2016-05-27
Type: Journal article
Source: PloS one
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0156340
Access Rights: Open Access


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