End of the Amazon Rainforest?
Profoundly disturbing. The Amazon as savannah:
GLOBAL warming could spell the end of the world's largest remaining tropical rainforest, transforming the Amazon into a grassy savanna before the end of the century, researchers said yesterday.
Jose Antonio Marengo, a meteorologist with Brazil's National Space Research Institute, said global warming, if left unchecked, would reduce rainfall and raise temperatures substantially in the ecologically rich region. "We are working with two scenarios, a worst case and a second, more optimistic, one," he said.
"The worst case scenario sees temperatures rise by five to eight degrees by 2100, while rainfall will decrease between 15 and 20 per cent," Mr Marengo said. "This setting will transform the Amazon rainforest into a savanna-like landscape."