Diminishing green cover in Amazon rainforest changing climate
Diminishing Green Cover In Amazon Rainforest Changing Climate. A new study has revealed that one-tenth of trees have been removed by human activities...
Washington: A new study has revealed that one-tenth of trees have been removed by human activities from Amazon rainforest since 1960s that has led to the climate change.
Widespread removal of trees has contributed to a rise in the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, increasing the potential impact of climate change. Deforestation of the Amazon accounted for 1.5 per cent of the increase in carbon dioxide levels seen since the mid-nineteenth century.
Deforestation of the Amazon accounted for 1.5 per cent of the increase in carbon dioxide levels seen since the mid-nineteenth century.
However, this increased the total amount of carbon found in the atmosphere only very slightly compared with fossil fuel emissions, which account for the vast majority of the increase.
Had this deforestation not taken place, the rainforest would store 12 per cent more carbon in its vegetation, and cover a much larger area than at present.
Destruction of large areas of the Amazon also impacts on the biodiversity of the rainforest and could lead to the loss of many animal and plant species.
The study is published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.