The Amazon rainforest could fail to generate enough water to sustain itself as soon as 2021, according to Monica de Bolle, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics.

If the current rate of deforestation continues over the next several years, the rainforest will be close to its ‘irreversible tipping point’ as early as 2021, the economist said.

Rapid rates of deforestation, overseen by Brazil’s far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, has placed the ‘Earth’s oxygen supply’ under tremendous pressure.

Brazil’s President has defended his wishes to develop the Amazon, and supports government plans to mine on protected indigenous land.

Since taking office in January, deforestation rates in the Amazon has significantly increased.

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Amazon rainforest ‘close to irreversible tipping point’

Soaring deforestation coupled with the destructive policies of Brazil’s far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, could push the Amazon rainforest dangerously to an irreversible “tipping point” within two years, a prominent economist has said.

After this point the rainforest would stop producing enough rain to sustain itself and start slowly degrading into a drier savannah, releasing billions of tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere, which would exacerbate global heating and disrupt weather across South America.

The Guardian