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.
Climate News Network: Croppers pose new threat to Amazon rainforest
A new report which focused on the Amazon states of Mato Grosso and Pará, where the researchers interviewed ranchers and meat processors − finds the cost of raising beef cattle is prompting many ranchers to consider switching to crops such as palm oil.
Brazil unlikely to keep reducing deforestation without new incentives
Cattle ranchers that drive the vast majority of forest clearing in the Brazilian Amazon are unlikely to be held at bay indefinitely unless they are afforded new incentives for keeping trees standing, argues new analysis published by an economic research group.
Brazil could meet all its food demand by 2040 without cutting down another tree
Better utilization of its vast areas of pasturelands could enable Brazil to dramatically boost agricultural production without the need to clear another hectare of Amazon rainforest, cerrado, or Atlantic forest, argues a new study published in the journal Global Environmental Change.
Scientific American: Fires can pose threat to Amazon rainforest
In the Brazilian Amazon deforestation is a serious problem. But a new study suggests that there is another threat to the rainforest that has been largely ignored: fire.
Nature.com: Deforestation is carving up the Amazon
A rash of road construction is causing widespread change in the world’s largest tropical forest — with potentially global consequences.
Phys.org: Amazon rainforest survey could improve carbon offset schemes
Researchers from the Universities of Leeds and Edinburgh studying the Amazon Basin have revealed unprecedented detail of the size, age and species of trees across the region by comparing satellite maps with hundreds of field plots.
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.
Increase in deforestation in the Amazon in 2013: a point off the curve or out of control?
After falling consistently since 2006, deforestation of the Amazon in 2013 grew by 28%. Organizations analyze the situation.