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Good news for Amazonia


Tropical forests are unlikely to die off as a result of the predicted rise in atmospheric greenhouse gases this century, a new study finds. The analysis refutes previous work that predicted the catastrophic loss of the Amazon rainforest as one of the more startling potential outcomes of climate change.

In all but one simulation, rainforests across the three regions retained their carbon stocks even as atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration increased throughout the century.

The study provides “robust evidence for the resilience of tropical rainforests”, says lead author Chris Huntingford, a climate modeller at the UK’s Centre for Ecology and Hydrology in Wallingford. But uncertainties remain, he adds.

The earth really is trying to save itself, and has complex adaptive systems in play, both complex to a degree, and adaptive to a degree, that we big-brained mammals can hardly imagine.

It would be nice if the earth didn't display adaptability and regain balance by eliminating our species, of course.

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