Resource December 14, 2018

Meet the Journalist: Sam Eaton

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Mushrooming disaster: Thanks to logging, cattle ranching, and industrial agriculture, 16 percent of the Amazon has already been deforested. Image by Sam Eaton. Brazil, 2018.
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Tropical forests have long been a crucial hedge against catastrophic climate change. They hold...

Brazil holds one-third of the world’s remaining tropical rainforest and until recently it absorbed as much CO2 pollution every year as the amount produced by all the cars on the planet. Now scientists fear that deforestation and climate change are pushing the forest to a tipping point beyond which it will actually release more CO2 into the atmosphere than it captures. Image by Sam Eaton. Brazil, 2018.
Brazil holds one-third of the world’s remaining tropical rainforest and until recently it absorbed as much CO2 pollution every year as the amount produced by all the cars on the planet. Now scientists fear that deforestation and climate change are pushing the forest to a tipping point beyond which it will actually release more CO2 into the atmosphere than it captures. Image by Sam Eaton. Brazil, 2018.

Journalist Sam Eaton talks about his reporting trip to the Brazilian Amazon to find out why tropical forests are flipping from carbon sinks to sources, jeopardizing one of the planet's most powerful tools for blunting the effects of rising greenhouse gas pollution.

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