In July, Chris Mooney reported in the Washington Post that scientists predict that a drought year that could send the Amazon Rainforest past the point of no return for ecosystem collapse. This will be the fourth bad drought for the Amazon in 20 years, and bad forest fires that scientists predict would create an enormous loss of carbon into the atmosphere, and may unravel the Amazon ecosystem.
Dr. Lovejoy echoed this projection in a recent interview in Science Magazine.
In February, Dr. Lovejoy was named U.S. Science Envoy by the Department of State. As Envoy, Dr. Lovejoy is traveling to Peru, Malaysia, Colombia, the Philippines, and possibly Cuba to cultivate relationships with government officials and members of the scientific and land management communities to discuss the importance of preserving rainforest biodiversity and policies that can reduce deforestation.