HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
The Amazon in 2050: Implementing the law could save a million square kilometers of rainforest

Economic and political forces are rapidly transforming the forests of the Amazon basin, precipitating one of the world's greatest environmental crises. Through an inter-discplinary modeling project known as Amazon Scenarios, scientists at the Woods Hole Research Center, the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (Brazil), and the Instituto de Pesquisa Ambiental da Amaznia (Brazil), with colleagues at several other institutions, are simulating future trends in deforestation, forest fire, rivers, fauna, and climate, providing glimpses of plausible futures for this region. A study of deforestation responses to different policies will be published in the March 23, 2006, issue of Nature. It shows that simply implementing existing laws and proposed protected areas would spare the Amazon one million square kilometers of deforestation (one fifth of the entire forest area), avoiding 17 billion tons of carbon emissions to the atmosphere, the elimination of several forest formations, and the degradation of several major watersheds.

According to Britaldo Soares-Filho, the paper's lead author, "For the first time, we can examine how individual policies ranging from the paving of highways to the requirement for forest reserves on private properties will influence the future of the world's largest tropical forest. Our model shows that several unique forest ecosystems and entire watersheds will be badly degraded over the next 45 years if we don't rapidly increase our capacity to govern this dynamic region.

By developing the first empirically-based, policy sensitive model of Amazon deforestation to assess forest losses within major watersheds, eco-regions, vegetation types, and the geographic ranges of 382 mammal species, two extreme scenarios were developed, encompassing the likely range of future trajectories of deforestation through 2050. The first of the two futures discussed is a business-as-usual scenario in which the forces of destruction continue unopposed
'"/>

Contact: Elizabeth Braun
ebraun@whrc.org
508-540-9900
Woods Hole Research Center
22-Mar-2006


Page: 1 2 3 4

Related biology news :

1. Smithsonian Fragmentation Project threatened by Amazon Colonization Plan
2. Smithsonian-led Amazon research team wins scientific prize
3. Mother knows best: Plant knowledge key to childhood health in remote Amazon
4. Paper challenges 1491 Amazonian population theories
5. Humans ecological footprint in 2015 and Amazonia revealed
6. Large size crucial for Amazon forest reserves
7. Fragmentation rapidly erodes Amazonian biodiversity
8. Small-scale logging leads to clear-cutting in Brazilian Amazon
9. Amazon rainforest greens up in the dry season
10. First Amazon-Andean crop plant transfer and corn processing in Peru 3600-4000 years ago
11. Amazonian terra preta can transform poor soil into fertile

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:8/21/2020)... ... August 19, 2020 , ... The 19th Annual Bio-IT ... data science, informatics and IT leaders goes VIRTUAL and announces its updated event ... change, Bio-IT takes the leadership role of keeping our life science community connected ...
(Date:8/7/2020)... ... 06, 2020 , ... Alucio™, a fast-growing provider of cloud-based ... and Jessica Wong have joined the company’s leadership team as Vice President of ... heads development efforts for Alucio’s flagship product, Beacon, an innovative cloud-based content management ...
(Date:7/31/2020)... ... July 30, 2020 , ... BioFactura, Inc. today announced ... the Joint Science & Technology Office—Chemical and Biological Defense (JSTO-CBD) of the Department ... scale-up a highly efficient mammalian cell culture-based bioprocess suitable to meet surge requirement ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:7/31/2020)... ... July 29, 2020 , ... ... the launch of its new tagline, “BUILDING FOR LIFE.” The adoption of this ... around the globe, requiring fast track capacity to provide patients with urgently needed ...
(Date:7/31/2020)... ... July 29, 2020 , ... Editas Medicine, ... provider of advanced delivery technologies, development, and manufacturing solutions for drugs, biologics, cell ... into a strategic partnership whereby Catalent will provide support for the development, manufacturing, ...
(Date:7/31/2020)... ... July 30, 2020 , ... ... sciences industry, today announced the release of its signature product called Beacon ... Liaisons (MSLs) and other field medical professionals. , Beacon helps MSLs ...
(Date:7/18/2020)... ... 16, 2020 , ... “We are thrilled to deliver this new technology to ... of its kind on the market and we were pleased that the IFT jury ... traditional cultured ingredients, creating a natural way to extend the shelf life and improve ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: