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

Dr Dan Nepstad launched an experiment to measure the minimum amount of rainfall for adult Amazon trees to survive.
Dr Dan Nepstad launched an experiment to measure the minimum amount of rainfall for adult Amazon trees to survive.
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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. Subscribe