Amazon Rainforest and the Climate

It is well known that rain forests play essential roles in climate regulation, serving to channel water inland along aerial rivers. Together, the world’s three great rain forests, the Amazon, the Congo, and the Malesian (Malaysia, Indonesia, and New Guinea), are critically important drivers in climate processes. Now, a new report based off of analyses of over 200 published articles, links deforestation in the Amazon to drought conditions elsewhere in the region. The author, Antonio Nobre, argues, “Studies more than 20 years ago predicted what is happening with lowering rainfall. Amazon deforestation is altering climate. It is no longer about models. It is about observation.”