Calamity Calling: What if We Lost the Amazon?
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October 31, 2013

Ecologist Greg Asner and his team are mapping dramatic changes in the Peruvian Amazon from aboard the Carnegie Airborne Observatory. (GlobalPost)

ABOVE THE AMAZON JUNGLE, Peru — The Amazon rainforest is best known for its vibrant wildlife and endless canopy. But it also plays a key role in the world’s climate.

It generates rainclouds that water some of the world’s most productive farmlands, from Argentina to Texas. It also helps buffer us from global warming.

As our cars and power plants spew greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, the Amazon’s seemingly boundless plantlife has been soaking up some of that extra carbon.

But the world’s largest rainforest is now in trouble.

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