Drought will become more severe in tropical rainforests as climate change continues. This could cause widespread tree mortality in these forests unless the trees are able to acclimate and produce leaves that can tolerate dry conditions (structures known as xeromorphic leaves). However there are very few studies of tropical tree responses to drought due to the difficulty of establishing and maintaining field sites in tropical rainforests. In a recent article in Tree Physiology Binks and…
Amazon Rainforest is ‘at Higher Risk of Tree Loss’ - Researchers say the southern part of the Amazon rainforest is at a far higher risk of dieback than the models used in the most recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Amazon rainforest more able to withstand drought than previously thought.New research suggests that the Amazon rainforest may be more able to cope with dry conditions than previously predicted. Researchers used a computer model to demonstrate that, providing forest conservation measures are in place, the Amazon rainforest may be more able to withstand periods of drought than has been estimated by other climate models.ScienceDaily
According to a study released in September 2009 by Brazil's National Institute for Space Research (INPE), at least 20 percent land deforested in the Brazilian Amazon is regrowing forest. In turn this graph shows that we have been able to revert some of the heavy damage that was caused to the rainforest through conservation projects and other such means. (INPE,2013)
New study reveals devastating human impact on the Amazon rainforest! Researchers discover a yearly loss of 54 billion tonnes of carbon from the Brazilian Amazon due to selective logging and surface wildfires
The world’s tropical rainforests are home to an incredible number of plant species. The Amazon Rainforest alone contains overs 40,000 plant species! The hot, humid climate in the world’s tropical regions provide ideal conditions for plant life.