The Amazon now produces more carbon dioxide than it absorbs

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Scientists don’t have good news this time either, because they are the “lungs of the earth” – she canceled.

Namely, due to excessive deforestation and fires that are burning in the Amazon Valley, air samples show that one of the most precious natural assets on the planet has become a source of carbon dioxide, writes Phys.org.

Researchers from the National Institute for Space Research in Brazil collected samples of carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide with the help of airplanes from 2010 to 2018. This led them to discover that the concentration of carbon was in equilibrium in the northwest of the Amazon, while in the east the rainforest emitted much more greenhouse gases than it absorbed.

Another study, which used a different methodology, indicates that Amazon released 20 percent more CO2 in the period from 2010 to 2019 than it managed to store, reports Phys.org.

50 percent of the world’s tropical rainforests are located in the Amazon Valley, and they are the most efficient in storing carbon. Now that our biggest “ally” in the fight against climate change has switched to the side of pollutants, it will be much harder to stand in the way of global warming, experts claim.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, known for his climate skepticism, wholeheartedly supports the clearing of the Amazon and the legalization of mining activities on bare land.

The non-governmental association “Greenpeace” wrote about the native tribes that organized themselves in the “Guardians of the Forest” in order to protect their home among the trees. However, the inhabitants of the Amazon are under great pressure from the Government and illegal miners, and on a couple of occasions there were clashes with firearms as the houses of tribal leaders burst into flames.

Therefore, the conclusion is that most of the fires in the Amazon Valley were set, and activists warn that the rainforest will disappear if Bolsonaro stays in power, writes the Guardian.

Milena Maglovski


Source: Energetski portal Srbije by www.energetskiportal.rs.

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