Deforestation is pushing the Amazon rainforest to an irreversible tipping point

The Amazon is a delicate rainforest and it’s reaching a point of no return. As the trees are cut down so too is the vital biodiversity they protect.

If global temperature rise continues at its current rate then two thirds of the species in the Amazon will be under threat due to climate change

Experts warn a tipping point could soon be reached where the deforestation becomes irreversible and much of the Amazon turns into dry savannah, known as ‘cerrado’, transforming from a vital sink for global emissions to releasing tens of billions of tonnes of carbon into the air.

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