| New Scientist | Environment | 7 March 2022 |
| By Adam Vaughan |
More than three-quarters of the world's largest rainforest has become less resilient to drought since the early 2000s, with areas near humans and with lower rainfall being the worst hit
An area deforested for gold mining, along the Interoceanic highway linking Peru and Brazil in the Amazon region of Madre de Dios.
The Amazon rainforest is nearing a tipping point that will see it transform into savannah, according to researchers who have found that the biodiversity hotspot has lost resilience in the past two decades.
Previous studies have warned that the world’s largest rainforest, which acts as a vital brake on climate change, is approaching a critical threshold. But most past research has relied on projections using models, not real world observations.
The Amazon contains between 90 and 140 billion metric tons of carbon
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