The Amazon May Now Actually Be Making Climate Change Worse

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The Amazon rainforest stores carbon dioxide (CO2) deep within its trees and flora, but due to deforestation and forest fires, it’s now releasing a cocktail of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Aside from CO2, the rainforest also keeps methane and nitrous oxide levels in check, but while the latter two gases don’t linger as long as CO2, they are more potent and dangerous; for example, nitrous oxide traps 300 times more heat than CO2. Read full article here

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