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Environmental, Campaign & Website News > Last year's drought hit Amazon hard: nearly a million square miles impacted

Last year's drought hit Amazon hard: nearly a million square miles impacted

Date : 29th March 2011, Source : Mongabay



A new study on its way to being published shows that the Amazon rainforest suffered greatly from last year's drought. Employing satellite data and supercomputing technology, researchers have found that the Amazon was likely hit harder by last year's drought than a recent severe drought from 2005. The droughts have supported predictions by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) that climate change, among other impacts, could push portions of the Amazon to grasslands, devastating the world's greatest rainforest. "The greenness levels of Amazonian vegetation—a measure of its health—decreased dramatically over an area more than three and one-half times the size of Texas and did not recover to normal levels, even after the drought ended in late October 2010," explains the study's lead author Liang Xu of Boston University.

http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0329-hance_amazon_drought.html





Document last updated on Tuesday 30 August 2011

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