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Parts of Amazon rainforest could tip toward collapse by 2050, study warns

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🗞️ Driving the news: A recent study published in Nature warns that by 2050, up to 47% of the Amazon rainforest could reach critical ecological tipping points due to deforestation and global warming, potentially transitioning into savanna grasslands or other degraded ecosystems
• This shift could accelerate global warming by releasing the carbon stored in the forest into the atmosphere

🔭 The context: The Amazon rainforest, serving as the Earth's carbon sink for 65 million years, is under threat from human activities like logging, cattle ranching, and fires, compounded by repeated droughts and rising temperatures
• The study introduces five critical thresholds for the Amazon's preservation, emphasizing stricter "safe" boundaries to avoid catastrophic ecosystem transitions

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The degradation of the Amazon not only affects local communities and biodiversity but also diminishes its ability to mitigate global climate change through carbon sequestration and evapotranspiration
• Protecting and restoring the Amazon is crucial for maintaining its role as a natural shield against global warming

⏭️ What's next: To prevent the Amazon from reaching these tipping points, the study calls for immediate action to reduce global warming and halt deforestation, particularly in Brazil

💬 One quote: "At the end of this process, our planet will reorganize itself, find a new equilibrium, but humans and other species will have to readapt to very unpleasant conditions," (Bernardo M. Flores, lead author of the study)

📈 One stat: The Amazon contains up to 200 billion metric tons of carbon, equivalent to 15-20 years of global emissions, underscoring the critical importance of its preservation for climate stability

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