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.”