Climate change, deforestation, and the fate of the Amazon

Science. 2008 Jan 11;319(5860):169-72. doi: 10.1126/science.1146961. Epub 2007 Nov 29.


The forest biome of Amazonia is one of Earth's greatest biological treasures and a major component of the Earth system. This century, it faces the dual threats of deforestation and stress from climate change. Here, we summarize some of the latest findings and thinking on these threats, explore the consequences for the forest ecosystem and its human residents, and outline options for the future of Amazonia. We also discuss the implications of new proposals to finance preservation of Amazonian forests.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Agriculture
  • Animals
  • Biodiversity
  • Brazil
  • Climate*
  • Conservation of Natural Resources* / economics
  • Conservation of Natural Resources* / trends
  • Disasters
  • Ecosystem*
  • Fires
  • Greenhouse Effect
  • Humans
  • South America
  • Trees*