Brazil LAB Scholars Publish Pivotal Study Highlighting Amazon's Looming Tipping Points

Feb. 14, 2024

A recent study published in Nature by Brazil LAB affiliates Bernardo Flores, Carolina Levis, Marina Hirota and their research team provides critical insights into the potential tipping point of the Amazon forest system due to compounding environmental stresses. The research underscores the Amazon's historical resilience to climate change, but highlights its increasing vulnerability to unprecedented stressors such as warming temperatures, deforestation, and extreme drought. The study predicts that by 2050, a significant portion of the Amazon could face disturbances that lead to unexpected ecosystem transitions, underscoring the urgent need for local and global efforts to halt deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions to safeguard this vital planetary nexus.

The New York Times has also covered this pivotal research, shedding light on the urgency and global implications of the findings.