By Tim Radford
New research spells out the devastating impacts that complete destruction of tropical forests would have on global temperatures, weather patterns and agriculture.
LONDON, 20 December, 2014 − Tropical rainforests do more than just soak up carbon dioxide and renew atmospheric oxygen, they affect the weather in the rest of the world as well. And if the Amazon rainforest disappeared, the US Midwest could begin to dry up during the growing season.
In what is claimed as the most comprehensive analysis to date, US researchers report in Nature Climate Change that they used climate models to test the consequences of the complete devastation of the tropical rainforests. >>
A convoy of trucks carrying logs from tropical forests in Gabon, central Africa.
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