Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Amazon's Ability to Uptake Carbon is Decreasing

Nature just published a paper describing that the Amazon appears to be losing its efficiency in carbon uptake. Once a massive "carbon sink" that helped stopped the rate of climate change, the Amazon's trees are now living shorter lives, dying sooner than expected, and taking up less carbon that ever before. The scientists blame an excess of carbon, unusually high temperatures, and a 2005 drought for this occurrence. Co-author Oliver Phillips from the University of Leeds call for drastic cuts in emissions in order to stabilize the gradually increasing change in climate. Head over to ScienceDaily to see the full story.

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