40% of Amazon Will Disappear Despite Climate Change Efforts

Fourty percent or more of the Amazon rainforest will be “decimated” by the middle of the next century even if we cut all CO2 emissions by 2050, said the UK Met Office. The finding was presented this past month in Copenhagen, which is preparing to host the UN Climate Change Conference in December.

Human-driven deforestation (measured by a net decrease in tree density) will occur even in the absence of a 3° Celsius or more increase in global, average temperature, which is what many scientists believe to be necessary for rain forest loss to pass a “tipping point”…

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