Amazon Biodiversity Center founder Dr. Thomas Lovejoy (not one prone to exaggeration) and Dr. Carlos Nobre authored a Dec. 20 editorial in Science Advances stating that the Amazon rainforest has reached the irreversible tipping point which they have been warning about: "Researchers predict that deforestation will lead to developing savannahs mainly in the eastern and southern Amazon, perhaps extending into central and southwestern areas, because these zones are naturally close to the minimum amount of rainfall required for the rain forest to thrive. Forests would also be pushed toward savannah[....] The loss of forest will lead to staggering losses of biodiversity, carbon, and, in turn, hum
Dr. Thomas E. Lovejoy, President of the Amazon Biodiversity Center, explains how the Amazon rainforest creates its own precipitation, and how deforestation and unsustainable land use has driven this hydrological cycle to a tipping point. Read more about the tipping point in the editorial authored by Dr. Lovejoy and Dr. Carlos Nobre, published in Science Advances in February 2018: https://www.amazonbiodiversitycenter.org/single-post/2018/02/21/Amazon-Tipping-Point. And here's a recent article on the subject published in the Washington Post: https://www.amazonbiodiversitycenter.org/single-post/2019/08/30/ARTICLE-Amazon-rainforest-close-to-collapse-of-hydrological-cycle.