Sep 23, 2022
Climate change: Spike in Amazon emissions linked to law enforcement
The scientists say that a "Collapse" in law enforcement in recent years has encouraged forest clearing. As home to the largest tropical forest on Earth, the Amazon plays a critical role in maintaining the Earth's climate by storing massive amounts of carbon in trees and soils. Last year researchers published data indicating that the eastern part of the forest was being cut down at such a rate that more carbon was being released than absorbed by the trees and vegetation. Now the same scientists believe that an explosion of forest clearing in the western part of the Amazon has also turned that region into a source. Using small planes, the researchers have collected hundreds of air samples from different parts of the forest over the last ten years.
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