The forest that remains is receiving less rain, which in turn is making it less green which means the trees that are there are pulling in less carbon dioxide from the air around them.
Amazon rainforest does not ‘green up’ during the dry season
A study led by NASA scientist Doug Morton finds that earlier research concluding that photosynthesis increases in the Amazon during the dry season is based on faulty interpretation of satellite imagery.
For 2050, deforestation could reduce rains by up to 21% in the Amazon
According to the report “Security Agenda for the Amazon”, large-scale deforestation could reduce rainfall, which would also affect the production of electricity.
Lost microbes are eroding Amazon’s ability to capture carbon
The composition of the microbial community changes dramatically when rainforests became pastures.