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Amazon nears critical ‘tipping point’

Monday 4th November 2019 | Jake

The Amazon rainforest is in danger of passing an “irreversible tipping point” within the next two years, according to Monica de Bolle, a renowned economist. The tipping point is fast approaching, as the rainforest experiences less and less rainfall, with de Bolle arguing the ecosystem could soon not be able to sustain itself as it cannot produce enough rain.

 

Should the Amazon fail to produce enough rain, billions of tonnes of carbon will be released into the Earth’s atmosphere as the forest dries up. This would have a catastrophic impact on global heating. All of this could happen within two years, de Bolle – who is a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics – warned in a policy brief published last week.

 

Many climate scientists believe such a tipping point to be about 15-20 years away, and met the brief with scepticism. However, others believe the accelerated rate of deforestation and harmful policies supported by the Brazilian government have brought the tipping point ever closer. The rate of deforestation of the Amazon in August this year was 222% higher than August 2018’s.

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