Going up in smoke

Posted by admin — 4 September 2006 at 8:00am - Comments

Forest fires are raging across Brazil and Indonesia

In tropical latitudes, months pass without any rain and in the dry season forests become susceptible to fire. These can occur naturally and would normally not pose a serious problem, but clearing land as a result of logging or to make way for plantations is exacerbating the problem and every year the fires spread faster and further.

Drought in the Amazon: are deforestation and climate change to blame?

Posted by admin — 26 October 2005 at 8:00am - Comments

Forest fires fires account for more than 75% of Brazil's greenhouse gas emissions


The Amazon rainforest plays a very important role in the production of water vapor across the region. Around half of the area's rainfall comes from moisture evaporating from the forest (before it penetrates into the soil) and plant transpiration. The fewer trees there are, the less water is returned to the atmosphere.

Is the Amazon running dry?

Posted by admin — 24 October 2005 at 8:00am - Comments

Canoes stranded on the Lago do Cristo Reis during one of the worst droughts ever recorded in the Amazon region

Home to the greatest variety of life on Earth, the Amazon is both the largest rainforest and the largest river basin in the world, covering over 6,000 square kilometres. In a normal year the region receives over two metres (seven feet) of rainfall. Yet since January 2005 this fabled 'land of waters' has been affected by an increasingly catastrophic drought, estimated to be the worst for 40 years.

Pentagon predicts climate chaos

Posted by bex — 25 February 2004 at 9:00am - Comments

Wasting energy - power station cooling towers are grossly inefficient

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