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Thanks for this informative contribution to the debate. I can readily understand why deforestation by fire - either to promote agriculture or hunting - would lead to atmospheric CO2 intensification.  I can also unde3rstand why agriculture leads to population intensification and thus CO2 release.  But why does agriculture also lead to per capita increases in CO2 concentrations, especially in the era before industrial fertillisers?

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun May 8th, 2011 at 09:56:55 AM EST
Agriculture, from its inception, will first colonise all of the arable territory, then will inevitably intensify, as its success supports a growing population. Populations must innovate or perish; and thus, the per-capita human impact on greenhouse gases has followed a diminishing trend -- until the industrial age.
by det on Mon May 9th, 2011 at 02:33:06 AM EST
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