This policy brief from the US non-profit think tank Peterson Institute for International Economics argues that the Amazon rainforest could reach a “tipping point” as soon as 2021, where deforestation means that the forest no longer generates enough rain to support itself and the forest begins to release large amounts of carbon instead of storing it.
To avoid this tipping point, the brief argues, the international community should expand the Amazon Fund in order to make payments for ecosystems services, e.g. by more countries, including the United States, becoming donors to the fund. The brief argues that reforestation can support job creation in Brazil.
Read the full report The Amazon Is a Carbon Bomb: How Can Brazil and the World Work Together to Avoid Setting It Off? here. See also the Foodsource building block What is land use and land use change?