Brazil’s Amazon Now Emits More Carbon Than It Captures

Exposing the Big Game

Brazil’s Amazon Now Emits More Carbon Than It Captures

ByLiz KimbroughJuly 20, 2021Victor Moriyama / Greenpeace

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This story originally appeared in Mongabay and is republished here as part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalism collaboration strengthening coverage of the climate story.

  • According to a study published July 14 in Nature, the Brazilian Amazon is emitting more carbon than it captures.
  • This study is the first to use direct atmospheric measurements, across a wide geographic region, collected over nearly a decade that account for background concentrations of atmospheric gases.
  • Eastern Amazonia is emitting more carbon than western Amazonia, and southern Amazonia is a net carbon source; Southeastern Amazonia, in particular, switched from being a carbon sink to a carbon source during the study period. The reason: a disruption in the balance of growth and…

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