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Science for the Synod

ABC founder and President Dr. Thomas E. Lovejoy, along with Dr. Virgilio Viana and Dr. Emma Torres, have drafted a background note on the science of the impacts and consequences of deforestation and climate change in the Amazon rainforest, in advance of a meeting of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon region at the Vatican in Rome planned for October 6 to October 27, 2019.

"At this point deforestation, extensive use of fire and climate change are interacting in a negative synergy which led Lovejoy and Nobre to conclude that the interaction has moved the tipping point closer to 20-25% deforestation. Indeed, they conclude that the unprecedented droughts of 2005, 2010, and 2015/16 are first flickering’s of the tipping point."

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