Rising sea levels, extreme weather conditions, severe floods and droughts, rapidly depleting glaciers – all these events taking place across the globe are inter-related, and all these interconnections are revealing changes that may not be obvious at first glance.
A research published by a team of top scientists from China and Brazil astonishingly found that rising temperatures in the Atlantic Ocean are primarily responsible for an increase in rainfall in the Amazon rainforest.
This study is very important for a few reasons. First, the Amazon is important for the entire globe’s climate. The rainforest provides about 20% of the Earth’s freshwater.
Also, the growth and decay of wood and plant growth there means the Amazon absorbs and emits large amounts of carbon dioxide. Think of the rainforest like the lungs of the planet. They help the planet breathe.
The Amazon rainforest also helps transfer heat throughout the Earth’s climate. Energy moves from one location to another with help of processes like evaporation and condensation that originate in the Amazon. In these ways, the Amazon connects far-flung parts of the planet together.