https://www.physicsforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=9005&stc=1&d=1170188368 snip> The Amazon now appears to be entering its second successive year of drought, raising the possibility it could start dying next year. The immense forest contains 90 billion tons of carbon, enough in itself to increase the rate of global warming by 50 per cent. Nepstead expects "mega-fires" rapidly to sweep across the drying jungle. With the trees gone, the soil will bake in the sun and the rainforest could become desert. Deborah Clark from the University of Missouri, one of the world's top forest ecologists, says research shows "the lock has broken" on the Amazon ecosystem and the Amazon is "headed in a terrible direction". snip> http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/2/story.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10392615 I thought Bill Gates already saved the rain forest. There must be a bug or something.