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A disaster to take everyone's breath away
...a sign that severe drought is returning to the Amazon for a second successive year. And that would be ominous. New research suggests that one further dry year beyond that could tip the whole vast forest into a cycle of destruction...
The consequences would be awesome. The wet Amazon Basin would turn to dry savannah at best, desert at worst. This would cause much of the world to become hotter and drier.
In the long term, it could send global warming out of control, eventually making the world uninhabitable...
This year, says Otavio Luz Castello, the water is draining away even faster than last year - and there are still more than three months of the dry season to go.
Latin America told to baton down hatches for climate change
Environmental Finance, UK August 31, 2006
For example, Brazil was hit by its first ever hurricane in March 2004, leaving 33,000 people homeless. The 2004 hurricane season caused $7.6 billion of economic damage in the region, while the 2005 season caused $5.4 billion of damage, the report says.
But it also warns that the impact of these changes will be felt across the world, as a permanent shift to seasonal "El Niño" conditions could lead to "a long-term drying out and die-off of the Amazon rainforest". This could become a "feedback mechanism", leading to catastrophic and irreversible climate change.
El Niño: A Preview of Global Warming?
Overall, El Niño has a tremendous cost in South America; Peru alone anticipates more than $1.2 billion in damages. El Niño also creates dry conditions in much of the Amazon Basin worsening annual fires set by developers and peasants.
No visible means of support and you have not seen nuthin yet
Everythings stuck together
I dont know what you expect starring into the tv set
Fighting fire with fire
Burning down the house ~David Byrne