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Amazon rainforest turning from a carbon sink to a source of carbon

Amazon rainforest turning from a carbon sink to a source of carbon

Often cited as the lungs of the planet, it’s well-known that the Amazon rainforest is under attrition. Agriculture, mining, urban development, hydroelectric dams and global warming each pose separate threats. It seems that the lungs are suffering from the equivalent of lung cancer or emphysema. But just how bad is it, and how bad is [...]

By January 20, 2012 3 Comments Read More →
Will Ecuador’s plan to raise money for not drilling oil in the Amazon succeed?

Will Ecuador’s plan to raise money for not drilling oil in the Amazon succeed?

Ecuador’s Yasuni National Park is full of wealth: it is one of the richest places on earth in terms of biodiversity; it is home to the indigenous Waorani people, as well as several uncontacted tribes; and the park’s forest and soil provides a massive carbon sink. More >

By November 5, 2009 0 Comments Read More →