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Title: Human impacts outpace natural processes in the Amazon
Authors: Albert, James S.
Carnaval, Ana C.
Flantua, Suzette G.A.
Lohmann, Lúcia G.
Ribas, Camila C.
Riff, Douglas
Carrillo, Juan D.
Fan, Ying
Figueiredo, Jorge J.P.
Guayasamin, Juan M.
Hoorn, Carina
Melo, Gustavo H. de
Nascimento, Nathália
Quesada, Carlos A.
Ulloa, Carmen Ulloa
Val, Pedro
Arieira, Julia
Encalada, Andrea C.
Nobre, Carlos A.
Keywords: anthropogenic effects
conservation of natural resources
environmental degradation
Issue Date: Jan-2023
metadata.dc.publisher.journal: Science
metadata.dc.relation.ispartof: Volume 379
Abstract: Amazonian environments are being degraded by modern industrial and agricultural activities at a pace far above anything previously known, imperiling its vast biodiversity reserves and globally important ecosystem services. The most substantial threats come from regional deforestation, because of export market demands, and global climate change. The Amazon is currently perched to transition rapidly from a largely forested to a nonforested landscape. These changes are happening much too rapidly for Amazonian species, peoples, and ecosystems to respond adaptively. Policies to prevent the worst outcomes are known and must be enacted immediately. We now need political will and leadership to act on this information. To fail the Amazon is to fail the biosphere, and we fail to act at our peril.
ISSN: 00368075
metadata.dc.identifier.doi: 10.1126/science.abo5003
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