A Healthier Amazon Jungle

The New York Times today editorialized regarding Brazil's apparent short term progress in slowing the rate of Amazonian deforestion. In “A Healthier Amazon Jungle” they do a good job of reviewing the salient points. Namely, that deforestation rates are down over the past year, and that this is due partly to increased government vigilance and partly to dropping agricultural commodity prices. The latter will eventually go up, and the survival of the mighty Amazon depends upon the former remaining strong as well.

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  1. Laurie says:

    How do you think the drought in the Amazon right now will affect things longer-term?
    Nature online had an article able how the rainforests could become “carbon sources”, do you think this is truly a potential consequence?
    Here's the URL to the article: Amazon hit by worst drought for 40 years

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