The Amazon is an immense region that includes 1.4 billion densely forested acres and is home to 10% of the Earth’s recorded species. It’s also in serious danger.
According to a new study published Monday in Nature Communications,
the Amazon rainforests are trapped in a perilous self-perpetuating
cycle of drought and destruction.
Less rainfall leads to more
deforestation, and more deforestation leads to less rainfall, and
so-on. Unsurprisingly, humans are to blame.
The findings don’t point to “complete Amazon dieback” by the
end of the 21st century, but “they suggest that frequent extreme
drought events have the potential to destabilize large parts of the
Amazon forest,” the researchers wrote. Read more (3/14/17 1:22 PM)