Carbon levels in Amazon could cause trees to grow too fast for their own good

19 March 2015

A new study published online Wednesday in the journal Nature finds that the ability of the Amazon rainforest to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has decreased dramatically—by about a third over the past decade.

The international team of scientists who collaborated on the study said that climate change likely is causing trees in the Amazon to die off at an accelerated rate. This means that to meet climate targets set by the United Nations and cooperating nations, far steeper cuts in human-generated carbon dioxide will have to be made, the authors say.

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