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The Amazon Rainforest Now Emits More Greenhouse Gases Than It Absorbs

March 27, 2021 0

Climate change and deforestation have transformed the ecosystem into a net source of planet-warming gases instead of a carbon sink

Damages wrought by climate change and deforestation have transformed the Amazon rainforest. New research suggests the changes to this icon of the natural world caused by human activity may mean the Amazon now emits more greenhouse gases than it absorbs. (Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

The Amazon rainforest may now emit more greenhouse gases than the famously lush ecosystem absorbs, according to new research.

Long considered to be a bulwark against climate change because of its capacity to absorb carbon dioxide, a new study suggests rising temperatures, increasing drought and rampant deforestation have likely overwhelmed the Amazon’s ability to absorb more greenhouse gases than it emits, reports Craig Welch for National Geographic.

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