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Scientists prove clear link between deforestation and local drop in rainfall

Study adds to fears Amazon is approaching tipping point after which it will not be able to generate its own rainfall. For the first time researchers have proven a clear correlation between deforestation and regional precipitation. Scientists hope it may encourage agricultural companies and governments in the Amazon and Congo basin regions and south-east Asia to invest more in protecting trees and other vegetation.

Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources helicopters taking part in an operation against Amazon deforestation. Photograph: Alan Chaves/AFP/Getty Images

Lees meer: https://www.theguardian.com/environment Door: Jonathan Watts, 01-03-2023 Afbeelding: Alan Chaves/AFP/Getty Images

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