Global Warming: The Amazon Rain Forest

                     Due to global warming, the Amazon rain forest’s dry season lasted about three weeks longer than it did 30 years ago. Scientists believe the longer dry season will have tremendous negative effects on the trees in the rain forest and lead to an increase of wildfires. This will also result in a decline of trees due to the forest’s longer fire season. “If the dry season is too long, the rain forest will not survive.” States Rong Fu. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its new prediction stating the Amazon rain forest will exhibit a longer dry season than ever before. They say it will last three to 10 days longer by 2100. These conditions will lead to effects more severe. Each year, it the dry seasons continue to become longer and longer, the rainforest will eventually face a tipping point.

                     Across the southern Amazon, global warming can limit tropical rainfall. Changes in the southern jet stream can block cold fronts that cause rainfall. Also, increasing temperatures make it more difficult for storms to begin. All of these complications are the effects of global warming.

-Gabriella Vazquez-

http://www.livescience.com/40573-amazon-rainforest-drying-out.html

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