|Manu||Date: Monday, 26-July-2021, 3:40 PM | Message # 1|
|By Matt McGrath|
Deforestation and climate change are altering the Amazon rainforest's ability to soak up carbon, according to a new study.
Significant parts of the world's largest tropical forest have started to emit more CO2 than they absorb.
The south-east is worst-affected, say scientists, with higher rates of tree loss and an increasing number of fires.
Temperatures there have risen by three times the global average during the hottest months.
Areas of our planet that absorb more carbon from the atmosphere - for example, in the form of the greenhouse gas CO2 - than they store are known as sinks.
The role played by the lands and forests of the Earth in soaking up carbon has been a critical factor in preventing faster rates of climate change.
Read more/full article/source - https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-57839364