Amazon rainforest drought contributes to climate change

Pacaya-Samiria NR, Amazon
Pacaya-Samiria NR, AmazonCourtesy Mark Goble
Scientists know that the Amazon rainforest can help to slow down climate change. The trees not only take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen, but they also are made of carbon. All living things are made of carbon, and when these things die that carbon is released.

There was an unusually severe drought in 2005, which gave scientists a preview of the Amazon's future climate. Scientists think the rainforest will see hotter and more intense dry seasons with climate change. When Oliver Phillips a professor at the University of Leeds, looked at the effects of the drought, he found that it caused carbon losses in the rainforest. This is bad for us, because we rely on the Amazon to take in carbon dioxide, not release it!

In most years the Amazon absorbs almost 2 billion tons of carbon dioxide. In 2005, the trees did not absorb that much carbon dioxide, but the forest lost more than 3 billion tons. The losses were caused by all the trees that died in the drought. The impact of the drought, 5 billion extra tons of carbon dioxide is more than the annual emissions of Europe and Japan put together.

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Gakki's picture
Gakki says:

Climate change is causing a lot of problems. if there is drought in one the rainforest, the animals that live in the rainforest will not get any water. it is also bad for us because the trees will not release carbon dioxide and oxygen.

posted on Sat, 03/14/2009 - 2:33pm
Candace's picture
Candace says:

dang....i didnt know that we relied on the amazon that much...

posted on Sat, 03/14/2009 - 8:39pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

very interesting i think it would be cool if you had an exzibit on going green. it will educate people on ways to help save our earth

posted on Fri, 03/20/2009 - 5:41pm
Nicolas Flamel's picture
Nicolas Flamel says:

I did not think that the Amazon was that much relied on....

posted on Mon, 01/18/2010 - 7:30pm

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