By comparison, the U.S. is responsible for about 5.4 billion tonnes per year, or about 25% of annual global carbon emissions from fossil fuel use.
In 2010, only 5 years later, it happened again, but this time on a much larger, more severe scale that unleashed 8 billion tonnes of CO2.
This trend is consistent with the projected impacts of global warming (heating) and climate change (breakdown/disruption/destabilization). By 2025 (or sooner), the Amazon could tip into an overall carbon emitter and dramatic accelerator of global climate breakdown, rather than the essential carbon sponge, storehouse (80-120 billion tonnes) and regulator it has long been.
Often referred to as the lungs of our world, the Amazon represents over half of all rainforests that remain. It is home to 21 million people and 25% of all known land species. An irreversible 20-40% die-off may already be unavoidable. Pessimistic models suggest 50% could be lost to large, savannah-like areas by 2030 and that up to 85% could be destroyed this century.
Selected articles, posts, general, Wikipedia
- Article – 2nd ‘100-yr’ Amazon drought in 5 yrs = huge CO2 emissions, CP
- Article – Mass tree deaths prompt fears of Amazon ‘climate tipping point’, Guardian
- Article – Catastrophic drought in Amazon, Steve Connor, The Independent
- Article – Amazon drought accelerating climate change, Stephen Leahy, IPS
- Article – Amazon drought caused huge carbon emissions, S. Grudgings, Reuters
- Blog – Huge pulse of carbon into atmosphere predicted from 2010 drought, WWF
- Article – Amazon could shrink by 85% due to climate change, D. Adam, Guardian
- Article – Half the Amazon rainforest will be lost in 20 years if deforestation, forest fires and climate trends continue, Mongabay
- Comment – Unthinkably, wild fires are breaking out in rainforests, Independent
- Mongabay – Amazon: Collected articles
- WWF – Amazon interactive
- Greenpeace – Amazon
- Wikipedia – Amazon
- Wikipedia – Deforestation
- Wikipedia – Deforestation: Amazon
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