The vast Amazon rainforest is on the brink of being turned into desert,
with catastrophic consequences for the world's climate, alarming research
suggests. And the process, which would be irreversible, could begin as
early as next year.
Studies by the blue-chip Woods Hole Research Centre, carried out in
Amazonia, have concluded that the forest cannot withstand more than two
consecutive years of drought without breaking down.
Scientists say that this would spread drought into the northern hemisphere,
including Britain, and could massively accelerate global warming with
incalculable consequences ...
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