The Reporter
Issue no 485 | 28 October 2002
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Soaking up carbon

The University of Leeds’ centre for biodiversity and conservation is part of a new international collaboration to monitor the Amazon rainforest and its effect on climate change. Under the Amazon Forest Inventory Network (RAINFOR), nearly fifty researchers from the Amazon countries, Europe and the USA are monitoring forest dynamics at key sites across the entire Amazon basin.

“The Amazon rainforest soaks up enough carbon to offset the entire carbon dioxide emissions of the European Union,” said RAINFOR coordinator Dr Oliver Phillips. “But this free environmental service is under threat from climate change and deforestation.

“Global climate change predictions and greenhouse gas models desperately need to be tested in the Amazon. Until now, such models have been hampered by lack of consistency between research programmes across the region. Collaboration between the RAINFOR partners should help solve this problem.”


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