A new report on Thursday found that over the past decade Brazil’s Amazon emits about 20 percent more carbon dioxide than it absorbs.
According to the journal Natural climate changeBrazil’s Amazon emits 16.6 billion tons of carbon dioxide and absorbed just 13.9 billion tons from 2010 to 2019.
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“We had half expected. But this is the first time we have numbers that show Brazil̵7;s Amazon has turned and is now a net emitter, ”said Jean-Pierre Wigneron, a scientist at the National Institute for Agronomic Research and co-author of the study.
In addition, the study cited cases of both deforestation from fire and deforestation, which nearly quadrupled in 2019 compared to the previous two years.
“Brazil saw a sharp decline in the adoption of environmental protection policies following the government change in 2019.” INRA said. In a statement, the change comes with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro taking office.
Fighting climate change will become more and more difficult if Amazon becomes a huge source of carbon dioxide, experts say.
“We don’t know at what point that change will become immutable.” Wigneron said..
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