What's New

[ARTICLE] Amazon rainforest close to collapse of hydrological cycle

In the August 30, 2019 edition of the New York Times, Amazon Biodiversity Center Founder and President talks about how the Amazon rainforest is close to an irreversible tipping point, beyond which the ecosystem's hydrological cycle will collapse, with consequences for the precipitation and climate change impacts in South America and beyond. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/30/world/americas/amazon-rainforest-fires-climate.html

Comments from Tom Lovejoy about the Amazon rainforest wildfires

Media reports have been full of reports about Amazon fires. There was so much smoke Monday afternoon August 19 in São Paulo the street lights went on three hours early. This is certainly one of the greatest fire years in the Brazilian Amazon (sadly Bolivia also) of all time. The previous record was probably 1987, a very dry year because of El Niño, which produced a smoke cloud as big as Brazil hanging over South America. I remember taking off from Brasilia with the then two Texas senators: the plane entered a grey-brown cloud (which was all former Amazon forest), then a normal white cloud before breaking out into the blue. Before these 2019 fires, the Brazilian government was in denial about

Follow Us
  • Facebook Basic Square