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A 'tree-killing' ecologist's view of how to save the Amazon

If current trends continue, the Amazon rainforest faces a vicious downward spiral of severe droughts, extreme forest fire and deforestation.

I'm referring to the Amazon forest dieback - an outcome that would release enough carbon dioxide into the atmosphere to make catastrophic climate change all but inevitable.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 22, 2020, with the headline 'A 'tree-killing' ecologist's view of how to save the Amazon'. Print Edition | Subscribe