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The Amazon is drying out fast, and that’s very bad news for the planet

If it dies, thousands of species will be killed and carbon dioxide release will put paid to bids to limit climate change

Anastasia Moloney

The Amazon rainforest has become slower at recovering from longer periods of drought over the past two decades, damaging its complex ecosystem and pushing the world’s largest tropical forest nearer a possible tipping point, researchers say.

A study published in the journal Nature Climate Change found more than three quarters of the rainforest has been losing its ability to recover from shocks such as droughts and fires and return to a healthy state.

“In (forest) areas that are closer to human land use, such as urban areas and croplands, they tend to be losing resilience faster,” said Chris Boulton from the University of Exeter’s Global Systems Institute and one of the report’s authors...

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