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WASHINGTON, March 4 (Xinhua) -- Trees planted by ancient peoples may have shaped the landscape of the Amazon rainforest, according to a new study.

 

The study published in the Science journal on Thursday compared data about the tree composition of forests at over 1,000 sites across the Amazon with a map of over 3,000 archaeological sites.

 

"Some of the tree species that are abundant in Amazonian forests today, like cacao, acai, and Brazil nut, are probably common because they were planted by people who lived there long before the arrival of European colonists," said Nigel Pitman from Chicago's Field Museum, a co-author of the study.

 

The study found that 85 tree species known to have been planted by Amazonian peoples for food, shelter, or other uses over the past thousands of years were five times more likely to be common in mature upland forests than non-domesticated species.

 

It also found that domesticated species in some parts of the Amazon basin were not only more common but also more diverse in forests closer to archaeological sites.

 

The study also showed that thousands of years of human settlement in the Amazon basin had a far more profound influence on modern-day patterns of Amazonian biodiversity.

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BEIJING Authentic San Francisco Giants Jersey , Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- Subsidies for new energy cars will be cut further this year before being phased out in China altogether by the end of 2020, Thursday's China Daily reported.

 

"The move was scheduled to be released by the end of 2017, but there was some controversy and hence has been delayed for a while," Wu Zhixin, vice-president of the China Automotive Technology & Research Center, which participated in drafting the plan Authentic Tampa Bay Rays Jersey , was quoted as saying.

 

The ministries concerned, including the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, have reached a consensus on the final draft and submitted it for final approval, according to Wu.

 

Wu did not give details about how much the current subsidies would be cut but said cars qualified for subsidies in 2017 would have their eligibility extended for around four months into this year, the newspaper reported.

 

China has been offering financial incentives since 2010 to stimulate the popularity of new energy cars.

 

Wu told the newspaper that subsidy cuts will see small and uncompetitive players wiped out faster than expected but outstanding performers would not be affected much.

 

The China Association of Automobile Manufacturers estimated that new energy car sales would grow at around 40 percent to exceed 1 million units in 2018. More than 777,000 units were sold last year in China Authentic Seattle Mariners Jersey , a 53 percent surge year on year.

 

 

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RIO DE JANEIRO, March 30 (Xinhua) -- Italy-based defenders Rodrigo Ely and Maicon have forgone the chance to represent the Azzurri by swearing their allegiance to Brazil.

 

Ely, 21, and Maicon, 22, are the latest Brazilian-born dual nationality holders to be identified by the Brazilian football federation in a bid to stop a talent exodus to other international teams.

 

Centre-back Ely Authentic St. Louis Cardinals Jersey , who plays for Avellino in the Italian Serie B, was called up for Brazil last November, two years after representing Italy's under-20s.

 

""I have played for Italy but when I was called up for Brazil's Olympic team my heart spoke louder,"" Ely was quoted saying by the Folha de S.Paulo newspaper on Monday.

 

Right-back Maicon, also selected by Brazil's under-23 coach Alexandre Gallo last November, plays as a right-back for Livorno Authentic Texas Rangers Jersey , also in Italy's Serie B.

 

He said he has turned down several invitations to play for the Azzurri in a bid to pursue his dream of representing the Selecao.

 

Both Ely and Maicon have lived in Italy since the age of 15.

 

Among Brazil-born players to have switched nationality in the past decade are Diego Costa (Spain), Thiago Alcantara (Spain), Pepe (Portugal), Thiago Motta (Italy) and Rodrigo (Spain).

 

On Saturday Gallo called up Belgium-born Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira for an Under-20 World Cup warmup tournament in Austria next month.

 

The 19-year-old, whose parents are both Brazilian, has represented Belgium at under-15 Authentic Toronto Blue Jays Jersey , under-16 and under-17 level.

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