A massive drought almost eight years ago is still affecting the Amazon rainforest to this day, according to a new study released by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
The continued impact of the 2005 drought, which is still affecting an area in the Amazon about the size of the state of California, could possibly be the first telltale signs “of potential large-scale degradation due to climate change,” NASA said in a press release. The laboratory analyzed satellite data collected between 2000 and 2009, before coming up with their assessment.
A total of 270,000 square miles of old-growth forest were affected when the mega-drought hit the Amazon rainforest, which is one of the most biodiverse regions in the world, leading to devastating impacts.
“This mega-drought caused widespread changes to the forest canopy that were detectable by satellite. The changes suggest dieback of branches and tree falls, especially among the older, larger, more ...