Recurrent Droughts Affect the Amazon Forest’s Resilience, Study Warns

Mongabay Brasil, Elizabeth Oliveira in 25/11/2021

A study points out that severe droughts have affected the Amazon forest’s capacity for recovery in the last two decades. Patches of forest impacted by drought take 12 months to three years to recover their usual growth rate and absorb 13% less carbon during this period.

According to the researchers, the droughts of 2005, 2010 and 2015 were particularly severe, which serves as a warning that events like these are becoming more frequent over the years.

The situation becomes more critical in the Amazon, which is essential for regulating the world climate. The research indicates that, combined with deforestation and fires, the cycle of extreme droughts has undermined the forest’s resilience and could bring it closer to general collapse.

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