10 Oct '11, 4am

Amazon Drought Released 1.8 Billion Tons of CO2 in 2010

Last year, the Amazon rainforest experienced the worst drought on record, reducing normally flowing rivers to sun-baked stretches of dried mud and pushing the fragile ecosystem to the brink. And even more troubling than the crippling drought itself was the notion that human caused global warming was a contributing factor, and that without reductions in CO2 emissions, such extended dry seasons would become common in the future. But now, according to a recent study, the outlook for the world's largest rainforest may be even more dire still. As a result of 2010's Amazon drought, experts say, some 1.8 billion tons of carbon dioxide was released into the atmosphere -- more than is produced by India's entire population in a years. Using a carbon cycle simulation model, NASA researcher Christopher Potter applied data gathered from last year's Amazon drought, namely measures of th...

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