The Amazon rainforests are trapped in a vicious cycle of drought and death, study shows

  • 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)

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