A rash of road construction is causing widespread change in the world’s largest tropical forest — with potentially global consequences.
La Hora: With climate change, the Amazon will no longer cool the atmosphere
The rainforest will become a source of carbon dioxide if climate change continues and extremes in precipitation, according to a study published in the British journal Nature.
Nature: Amazon forests maintain consistent canopy structure during the dry season
The seasonality of sunlight and rainfall regulates net primary production in tropical forests. Previous studies have suggested that light is more limiting than water for tropical forest productivity.
Drought and fire are reducing ability of Amazon Rainforest to store carbon
New research published in Nature adds further evidence to the argument that drought and fire are reducing the Amazon’s ability to store carbon, raising concerns that Earth’s largest rainforest could tip from a carbon sink to a carbon source.
Giant animals were crucial to fertilize the Amazon
Study published in the journal Nature reveals that mastodons, armadillos as big as a car and five tons sloths once inhabited the world’s largest forest.