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Amazon at a Tipping Point

Today, Science Advances published an editorial co-written by ABC founder Thomas E. Lovejoy and well-known Brazilian climate scientist Carlos Nobre. In it, Dr. Lovejoy and Dr. Nobre elevate an issue with global impact that hasn't gotten much attention -- that deforestation in the Amazon rainforest is bringing the ecosystem to a tipping point: "We believe that negative synergies between deforestation, climate change, and widespread use of fire indicate a tipping point for the Amazon system to flip to non-forest ecosystems in eastern, southern and central Amazonia at 20-25% deforestation." As they write in the editorial, the follow-on degradation of the region's rainforests and precipitation c

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