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AMAZON STANDS UP TO 2005 DROUGHT
This sceince item illustrates the need to protect virgin forest since they are essentially super buffers against global warming, they still take CO2 out when other plant need to shut down and go dormant due to lack of water.
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Newsroom/NewImages/images.php3?img_id=17779

DEFORESTATION PLAYS CRITICAL CLIMATE CHANGE ROLE
"Deforestation in the tropics accounts for nearly 20 per cent of carbon emissions due to human activities," Dr. Canadell says. "This will release an estimated 87 to 130 billion tons of carbon by 2100, which is greater than the amount of carbon that would be released by 13 years of global fossil fuel combustion. So maintaining forests as carbon sinks will make a significant contribution to stabilizing atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations."
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Newsroom/MediaAlerts/2007/2007051124943.html

LANDMARK CLIMATE REPORT: CLOCK IS TICKING
'It's later than we think,' U.S. scientist and panel co-chair says
The report blamed man-made emissions of greenhouse gases for fewer cold days, hotter nights, killer heat waves, floods and heavy rains, devastating droughts, and an increase in hurricane and tropical storm strength — particularly in the Atlantic Ocean.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16904988/

HUMAN'S ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT IN 2015 AND AMAZONIA REVEALED
Emerging research indicates land use in the Amazon goes far beyond clearing large areas of forest; selective logging and other canopy damage is much more pervasive than once believed. Deforestation causes collateral damage to the surrounding forests – through enhanced drying of the forest floor, increased frequency of fires, and lowered productivity. The loss of healthy forests can degrade key ecosystem services, such as carbon storage in biomass and soils, the regulation of water balance and river flow, the modulation of regional climate patterns, and the amelioration of infectious diseases.
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Newsroom/MediaAlerts/2007/2007020624275.html

SELECTIVE LOGGING CAUSES WIDESPREAD DESTRUCTION OF BRAZIL’S AMAZON RAINFOREST, STUDY FINDS
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Newsroom/MediaAlerts/2005/2005102020788.html
SEEING THE FOREST AND THE TREES
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Newsroom/MediaAlerts/2005/2005102120790.html
CLIMATE MODEL PREDICTS DRAMATIC CHANGES OVER NEXT 100 YEARS
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Newsroom/MediaAlerts/2005/2005101720784.html
http://www.nsf.gov/news/speeches/bement/04/alb040922_earthobser.jsp
“Understanding the Amazon environment is essential to understanding how the biosphere interacts with the climate system. …
we will fall short of understanding how tropical forests might mediate the effects of fossil-fuels.”

Dr. Arden L. Bement, Jr., Director, National Science Foundation, Sept. 22, 2004
www.climatehotmap.org/fingerprints.html
“Heat waves and periods of unusually warm weather…
Ocean warming, sea-level rise and coastal flooding … Glaciers melting … Arctic and Antarctic warming”
www.globalwarming.net
“The world’s increasing ocean temperatures have spawned ever-stronger ocean waves over the past 40 years. This energy increases as the ocean’s temperature rises, so the energy content of the tsunamis, hurricanes and typhoons also rises,”
Sinyah Shen, Director of the Global Warming International Center in the U.S.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/climatechange/story/0,12374,1580613,00.html
Fears Over Climate as Arctic Ice Melts At Record Level
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