HomeCarbon NewsClimate Change Causes Amazon Rainforest to Face Challenges

Climate Change Causes Amazon Rainforest to Face Challenges

According to new satellite research, the Amazon rainforest is close to reaching a “tipping point” because of climate change. And once it does, the results could be catastrophic.

There are nearly two decades of data behind this research.

One of the biggest causes for concern is that the Amazon rainforest’s resilience to damage has declined steadily since 2000. So, whenever drought or fire hits or other artificial events, the Amazon rainforest is less able to repair itself.

And unfortunately, global warming is only adding to the problem. What’s worse is that without the Amazon rainforest, our ability to fight climate change adds to the problem. You see, without the Amazon, carbon-storing trees will no longer be able to play their part.

So, it is one vicious cycle.

This could cause increased droughts and fires across South America.

Tim Lenton, Director of the Global Systems Institute at Exeter University and a Global Expert on Climate Change, “It’s alarming to think where we’re getting the evidence now to confirm we’re heading towards the potential abrupt loss of this ecosystem.

One positive point to note is that the average rainfall in the Amazon has not changed in recent history. However, the dry seasons are longer and more intense.

Can carbon offsets help us stop climate change and protect the Amazon?

Carbon offsets are one way in which individuals, non-profit organizations, and individuals can help neutralize carbon emissions. The Voluntary Carbon Market (VCM) is where offsets are bought and sold.

Simply put, one carbon offset equals one metric ton of carbon.

Carbon offset projects can include the Amazon rainforest and other pieces of land across the globe.

As individuals and businesses take additional steps to preserve the environment and reduce emissions, net-zero goals are more achievable.

Regardless, per Lenton, “This gives new compelling evidence to support efforts to reverse deforestation and degradation.”

Most Popular
LATEST CARBON NEWS

Twelve Transforms Carbon into Sunglasses, Car Parts, and Fuel

As firms around the world are tackling climate change, Twelve is offering a solution through its carbon transformation tech which turns CO2 into products...

Crypto Carbon Credits Exchange 1GCX Closes $2B Record Deal

Crypto carbon credits exchange 1GCX partnered with T3 Trading, raising $2 billion in assets under management (AUM) and setting up a $100 million liquidity...

Ethereum’s Stealth Move to Wipe Out Its Carbon Footprint

Ethereum won the spotlight with the Merge, which cut the crypto’s energy use and carbon footprint more than expected by 99.99%. The second-largest cryptocurrency -...

Iron and Steel Industry Will Buy $250B Carbon Credits for Net Zero

Bringing the iron and steel industry to net zero by 2050 requires $1.4 trillion of investment, $250 billion of which is for carbon credits,...
CARBON INVESTOR EDUCATION

ESG Investing with Carbon Credits – What Investors Need To Know

Reducing carbon emissions is evident as firms focus on ESG investing and governments account for climate impact through carbon credits.

The 5 Top Carbon Offset Project Developers

Are you looking to directly reduce your carbon footprint or support projects that cut emissions elsewhere? Then carbon credits allow you to do either...

The Top 3 Private Carbon Companies to Watch Right Now

Right now, the carbon space is heating up. Dozens of companies are jumping into what’s fast becoming one of the hottest spaces to invest...

Carbon Insetting: The Target of Scope 3 Carbon Offset Accounting

Carbon offsets are a well-known sustainability concept so you most likely have heard of them. But there’s a relatively new sustainable supply chain term...