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In 2005, the amazon rainforest was struck by an extreme drought, resulting in many trees dying. Yet, the forest recovered at extreme speed, as in the following time plants grew faster than usual.
Last year, 2010, another drought occured, in the same strength as five years before. Now scientists worry that droughts this frequently could be too much for the rainforest to handle and have severe effects.
Climate change might be a cause for this. Both 2005 and 2010 were years when atlantic ocean was especially warm which might have triggered the further conditions leading to the drought.
Thus climate change could have a severe impact very soon, as it's expected to heaten up the oceans further. Amazon rainforest is a great storage and transformer for CO2, so if it's damaged climate change could increase its own pace.
If allone the trees which died in 2010 would rot, that would release as much CO2 as the USA do per year.
Also, a majority of rainfall over the rainforest consists of water from the forest itself. This means that deforestations could also be a huge factor for the droughts.
I guess politics once more managed to pussyfoot around long enough to have caused some really serious trouble this time. Cya planet, was a good time
Droughts in a rainforest? Lol.
All puns aside, droughts are nowhere near a threat to the rainforest as is deforestation. Originally 6 million square miles of tropical rainforest existed worldwide. Thanks to deforestation though, only 2.6 million square miles remain today. Every second, a slice of rainforest the size of a football field is mowed down. That's 86,400 football fields of rainforest per day, or over 31 million football fields of rainforest each year. In standard measurements, that amounts to 90123 square kilometers (56000 square miles) of forest are lost each year.
Deforestation causes all sorts of ecological damage and as highlighted already, rainforests are a great storage and transformer for CO2. And the actual damage the loss of rainforest would do to the planet is mind boggling.
The Philippines boasts of its several forests and rain forests. But, we are pretty ashamed that several of my ignorant countrymen resort to illegal logging and deforestation. Too bad for our country.
That's probably a reason why Philippine forests are still hot places to go to despite being surrounded by trees. Trees have already become minimal here in our country.