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The First State of the Carbon Cycle Report (SOCCR) The North American Carbon Budget and Implications for the Global Carbon Cycle APPENDIX A Historical Overview of the Development of United States, Canadian, and Mexican Ecosystem Sources and Sinks for Atmo



Although the lands of the New World were inhabited before the arrival of Europeans, the changes since arrival have been enormous, especially during the last two centuries. Peak United States emissions from land-use change occurred late in the nineteenth century, and the last few decades have experienced a carbon sink (Houghton et al., 1999; Hurtt et al., 2002). In Canada, peak emissions occurred nearly a century later than in the United States, and current data show that land-use change causes a net carbon sink (Environment Canada, 2005). In Mexico, the emissions of carbon continue to increase from net deforestation. All three countries may be in different stages of the same developmen

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