The Amazon’s impact on climate change

The amazon forest in Brazil plays a unique role in the earth’s climate says this article “WWF says warming puts Amazon at risk.”

“The importance of the Amazon forest for the globe’s climate cannot be underplayed,” said Daniel Nepstad, author of a new report by the World Wide Fund For Nature released at the U.N. climate change conference in Bali.

“It’s not only essential for cooling the world’s temperature, but also such a large source of fresh water that it may be enough to influence some of the great ocean currents, and on top of that, it’s a massive store of carbon.”

Sprawling over 1.6 million square miles, the Amazon covers nearly 60 percent of Brazil. Largely unexplored, it contains one-fifth of the world’s fresh water and about 30 percent of the world’s plant and animal species — many still undiscovered.

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