Amazon deforestation is close to tipping point

Publicado em 26 março 2018

Amazon deforestation is close to tipping point

São Paulo Research Foundation press release, 19 March 2018

Deforestation of the Amazon is about to reach a threshold beyond which the region’s tropical rainforest may undergo irreversible changes that transform the landscape into degraded savanna with sparse shrubby plant cover and low biodiversity.

This warning derives from an editorial published in the journal Science Advances. The article was co-authored by Thomas Lovejoy, a professor at George Mason University in the United States, and Carlos Nobre, chair of Brazil’s National Institute of Science & Technology (INCT) for Climate Change – one of the INCTs supported by FAPESP (Sao Paulo Research Foundation) in partnership with the National Council for Scientific & Technological Development (CNPq).