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  • Jump in deforestation of world's most biodiverse savanna alarms Brazilian scientists

    Source: https://www.nasdaq.com/articles/jump...n-scientists-0


    Jump in deforestation of world's most biodiverse savanna alarms Brazilian scientists
    Jake Spring Reuters
    Published
    Jan 3, 2022 3:33PM EST

    SAO PAULO, Jan 3 (Reuters) - Deforestation last year rose to the highest level since 2015 in Brazil's Cerrado, prompting scientists on Monday to raise alarm over the state of the world's most species-rich savanna, a major carbon sink that helps to stave off climate change.

    The Cerrado, which is spread across several states of Brazil and is one of the world's largest savannas, is often called an "upside-down forest" because of the deep roots its plants sink into the ground to survive seasonal droughts and fires.

    Destruction of these trees, grasses and other plants in the Cerrado is a major source of Brazil's greenhouse gas emissions, although it is far less densely forested than the more famous Amazon rainforest that it borders...

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