Out of Sink: The Amazon Rainforest Is Losing Its Ability to Absorb CO2

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For the first time, human-based carbon emissions in Latin America are exceeding the Amazon rainforest’s capacity to absorb them. A study by the University of Leeds suggests that the rainforest’s carbon absorption has fallen by 30 per cent since the 1990s, reducing its effectiveness as a carbon sink. Although the reasons remain unclear, the report’s lead author Dr. Roel Brienen notes, “the whole forest is living faster – trees grow faster, die faster,” which may be the result of carbon absorption itself.

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