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Climate change and deforestation pose risk to Amazon rainforest

Climate change and deforestation pose risk to Amazon rainforest

Climate change and deforestation pose risk to Amazon rainforest By Karimeh Moukaddem , mongabay.com May 20, 2011 Deforestation and climate change will likely decimate much of the Amazon rainforest, says a new study by Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE) and the UK's Met Office Hadley Centre. Climate change and widespread deforestation is expected to cause warmer and drier conditions overall, reducing the resistance of the rainforest ecosystem to natural and human-caused stressors while increasing the frequency of extreme rainfall events and droughts by the end of this century. While climate models show that higher temperatures resulting from global climate change will threaten the resilience of the Amazon, current deforestation is an immediate concern to the rainforest ecosystem and is likely driving regional changes in climate. Augmented by both global a...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0520-amazon_climate_moukadd...

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