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Environmental, Campaign & Website News > Rainforests thrived in warmer conditions in the past, yet study requires "caution"

Rainforests thrived in warmer conditions in the past, yet study requires "caution"

Date : 11th November 2010, Source : Mongabay



A new study in Science is likely to reopen the contentious debate about the impact of climate change on tropical rainforests. Scientific modeling of future climate conditions in tropical rainforests, such as the Amazon, has shown that climate changeŚcombined with deforestation and fireŚcould create a tipping point whereby a significant portion of the Amazon could turnover to savannah, pushing untold species to extinction and undercutting the many ecosystem services provided by tropical rainforests. Yet, a new study headed by Carlos Jaramillo, staff scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), has found a tropical forest ecosystem thriving in much warmer conditions than today.

http://news.mongabay.com/2010/1111-hance_climate_amazon.html





Document last updated on Tuesday 30 August 2011

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