Deforestation leads to big hikes in local temperature, study finds
Researchers have discovered a correlation between deforestation and local temperature changes in many temperate mid-latitude locations around the world.
These increases were particularly high in North America. The study found that deforestation in heavily cleared regions of the central U.S. contributed as much as 1 degree Celsius to local maximum temperatures.
Overall, the study indicates that deforestation contributes around one-third to average hottest-day temperature increases in places that lost at least 15 percent of their forest cover.