The world's Carbon sink, turns into a source

USA Today

Jul 23, 2021

Parts of the Amazon release more Carbon dioxide than what they absorb

Amazon, the world's largest tropical rainforest located in South America is home to a fifth of the world’s land species. In a study published in the journal “Nature”, shows that the south eastern Amazon forests have turned into a source of Carbon emissions.


The Amazon has historically been a carbon sink that absorbs global emissions and has taken in about 25% of fossil fuel emissions since 1960. Recent studies have shown otherwise, parts of the amazon rainforests are losing the ability to absorb Carbon dioxide. Researchers say the reason behind this could be the significant increase in deforestation to make agricultural lands, long term decrease in rainfall, rising temperatures and climate change.


This is nature’s warning to us. It is time to decrease deforestation, reduce fossil fuel emissions and save our resources. Rainforests are one of our biggest allies to fight climate change. “It’s the little things that citizens do. That’s what will make the difference.” —Wangari Maathai. Our little thing is conserving electricity.


What is your little thing?