In some regions, the Amazon forest already emits more carbon dioxide In the atmosphere of what it is capable of absorbing. According to experts, this could mean that we are approaching the so-called “point of no return”, a turning point moment, where the biggest rainforest on the planet it ceases to be an attenuator and becomes a causative agent of climate changes.

According to a new study, published in the prestigious scientific journal Nature, changing weather patterns are reducing the Amazon rainforest's capacity to absorb carbon. According to the researchers, these patterns are expected to amplify and become increasingly common as the effects of climate change intensify.

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Deforestation and man-made fires are some of the causative agents of this situation. Credits: Shutterstock

The trend is that, with the release of even more carbon dioxide in the future, a vicious cycle will start, which could mean even more problems for the global environment. To arrive at these results, the researchers examined satellite measurements taken between 2010 and 2018 over the Amazon region.

Researchers argue that increasing deforestation, wood burning and fires to build pastures tend to only make the situation worse. In the article, the international team of researchers stated that the southeast of the Amazon already acts as a source of carbon emissions into the atmosphere.

There is still hope

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Reforestation can be a way to reverse the scenario experienced in the Amazon. Credit: Angela Peres/Secom

However, some experts argue that it may not be too late to reverse this situation. According to Thomas Lovejoy, a researcher at George Mason University in Virginia who was not involved in the research, our ability to rebuild a safety margin through the reforestation it's very real.

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According to him, the forest should not go back to what it was. However, the situation could improve a lot. However, for this, it is necessary to stop deforestation immediately, something that is far from happening, since deforestation rates have been rising year after year, a scenario that worsened during the Covid-19 pandemic.

With information Futurism

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