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Amazon rainforest 'could become a desert': And that could speed up global warming with 'incalculable consequences', says alarming new research
The vast Amazon rainforest is on the brink of being turned into desert, with catastrophic consequences for the world's climate, alarming research suggests. And the process, which would be irreversible, could begin as early as next year.
Studies by the blue-chip Woods Hole Research Centre, carried out in Amazonia, have concluded that the forest cannot withstand more than two consecutive years of drought without breaking down.
Scientists say that this would spread drought into the northern hemisphere, including Britain, and could massively accelerate global warming with incalculable consequences, spinning out of control, a process that might end in the world becoming uninhabitable.
Originally posted by tunin
It's another thing that we need to keep watching, before it's too late.
Originally posted by RRconservative
When did they take the word "jungle" and turn it into rainforest?
Yes, "rainforest" sounds so nice and cuddly, but would you care or take the time to "save the jungle"? I doubt it.
Originally posted by sardion2000
Stop bitching and do something about it. Save up a hundred grand a buy a bunch of virgin rainforrest. If enough people do the same, then we would not have to worry as much.
Originally posted by sardion2000
I personally don't buy into the alarmist tripe because, usually, they are really taken out of context from the research they based their paper on. Point is, find me the paper!
Originally posted by Allred5923
So nice to have you aboard the "Humanitarin social life" (NOT) are you that ignorant to compare thing's of such nature?
Originally posted by nogirt
Two years of drought would devistate just about any region of the world. What is so special about Brazil? They did not even win the world cup. I think they lost to France!
Most of these jungles belong to Brazil, let themn do what they need to develop their economy. As if Brzil is the only country in the world chopping trees to make room for development.
Originally posted by forestlady
I'm sorry but that's just lame and I have to deny ignorance. If you read my post above, Brazil used to supply ONE FIFTH of the world's oxygen.
This is the type of thinking that has kept the world from actually accomplishing anything towards reversing global warming. Dude, read up on science and global warming, it's vital that all of us understand what's happening to our planet.
And in cae any of you don't believe in global warming, you should know that most any scientist worth his salt nowadays fully knows it is happening and are extremely concerned.
Unfortunately, it's gone beyond the "chopping down the trees" point, that is now a moot point as someone else pointed out. So many trees have been lost in the Amazon that now it's a drought, that is really serious. THe Amazon produces its own climate, making it very rainy and humid; that's why it is called a rainforest.
The Amazon does belong to Brazil, but it has also been the home of indigenous tribes for millenia. It's THEIR home and it's being destroyed to the point of tribal extinctions.