Amazon rainforest now emitting more CO2 than it absorbs

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https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jul/14/amazon-rainforest-now-emitting-more-co2-than-it-absorbs

Cutting emissions more urgent than ever, say scientists, with forest producing more than a billion tonnes of carbon dioxide a year

Aerial view of a burning area of Amazon rainforest reserve
The study found fires produced about 1.5bn tonnes of CO2 a year, with forest growth removing 0.5bn tonnes. The 1bn tonnes left in the atmosphere is equivalent to the annual emissions of Japan.Photograph: Carl de Souza/AFP/Getty Images

Damian CarringtonEnvironment editor@dpcarringtonWed 14 Jul 2021 11.00 EDT

TheAmazon rainforestis now emitting more carbon dioxide than it is able to absorb, scientists have confirmed for the first time.

The emissions amount to a billion tonnes of carbon dioxide a year, according to a study. The giant forest had previously been a carbon sink, absorbing the emissions driving the climate crisis, but is now causing its acceleration, researchers said.

Most of the emissions are caused by fires, many deliberately set to clear land forbeefandsoy…

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