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Amazon’s record drought driven by climate change

One of our planet's most vital defences against global warming is itself being ravaged by climate change.

It was the main driver of the Amazon rainforest’s worst drought in at least half a century, according to a new study.

  • Mark Poynting
  • BBC

Often described as the “lungs of the planet”, the Amazon plays a key role in removing warming carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

But rapid deforestation has left it more vulnerable to weather extremes.

While droughts in the Amazon are not uncommon, last year’s event was “exceptional”, the researchers say.

In October, the Rio Negro – one of the world’s largest rivers – reached its…

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