09 Oct '11, 3pm

2010 Amazon drought released more carbon than India's annual emissions

2010 Amazon drought released more carbon than India's annual emissions

2010 Amazon drought released more carbon than India's annual emissions mongabay.com October 09, 2011 Amazon rainforest in Peru. Photo by Rhett A. Butler The 2010 drought that affected much of the Amazon rainforest triggered the release of nearly 500 million tons of carbon (1.8 billion tons of carbon dioxide) into the atmosphere, or more than the total emissions from deforestation in the region over the period, estimates a new study published in the journal Environmental Research Letters . Christopher Potter from NASA Ames Research Centre and colleagues combined a carbon cycle simulation model with NASA satellite data which reflects the 'greenness' or net primary production of forest to develop their estimate. The researchers only accounted for loss in CO2 uptake by vegetation caused by drought stress, including decomposition of soil and dead wood in regularly flooded fores...

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