What if you take the rain out of RAINforest?

In the Amazon rainforest it is meant to rain and it is meant to be hot. This is the perfect environment for its plants and wildlife,  adapted to the tropics. The air is always humid in the Amazon and even in the so-called dry season it rains. In the wet season it just rains a whole load more.

An increase in rain brings more fruit production which means more animal species (including monkeys and fruit-eating birds and fruit-eating bats) increase activity and also begin their reproductive cycles.  You never know when you might be lucky enough to come across one of the Amazon’s wildlife dwellers but you can be certain of rain.

Credit: Ramiro Melinkski

Or can you always be certain of rain in the Amazon? Climate change is having an impact on the weather on rainfall patterns. Sometimes the rainy season comes too early or there is too much rain and flooding which is  bad for the natural patterns of growth and fruiting. Too little rain brings drought and fire – which is the plot line in Planet Parliament Now!

Droughts are becoming more frequent in the Amazon rainforest. There have been three major droughts on a scale meant to be seen only once every 100 years in the space of just 10.  The number of fires always rises in the dry season but in 2016,   a count made by VIIRS satellite sensor revealed more than 6,000 hotspots.

Find out more:

How drought drives increased fire risk

Why the Amazon is so important to life on earth

How the Amazon rainforest makes rain

 

 

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