The Amazon Rainforest Can Transform Into a Barren Savannah


Imagine the densest forest ecosystem in the whole world turning into a barren savannah. No, it’s not an end-of-the-world scenario, it might become a fact!

There’s 50% chances that the Amazon forest will become a barren place. How’s that possible?

At the moment, the Amazon forest is the one that helps with consuming a quarter of the carbon dioxide produced worldwide. Not only it cleans our air, but it also houses thousands of species of plants and animals. But soon, the forest might be in danger, according to a team of researchers.

Deforestation is the main cause that would destroy the rainforest and a lot of its ecosystem. If humans don’t do something about it, the Amazon could forever change into a barren place.

The research is led by Thomas E Lovejoy, a professor at George Mason University (environmental science and policy) and Carlos Nobre, a member of World Resources Institute and Brazilian Academy of Science. Their team has discovered that the tipping point in which the situation will get worse is at about 20%. Over 20%, the rainforest will cease to exist and the cycle of the water will stop, creating a catastrophe.

So, if deforestation continues and, with the environmental issues like climate change and global warming, the forest has 50% chances to become a barren savannah. No matter how much humans will try to return the rainforest to its former glory, it will all be in vain. Once turned into a barren place, it will be irreversible.

In the past 50 years, the forest has already reached 17% of deforestation, so we’re 3% far from that tipping point and from saying goodbye to that green and heavenly place.

The whole ecosystem has already started to oscillate because of climate change, use of fire and deforestation, and frequent floods and droughts are also a problem.

The scientists concluded their study, which was published in journal Science Advances, that only humans’ intervention could save the Amazonian forests by stopping deforestation.

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