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Posted Wed Oct 23 2013: from Huffington Post:
The Amazon Rain Forest Is Drying Out, Probably Because Of Climate Change
The Amazon rain forest's dry season lasts three weeks longer than it did 30 years ago, and the likely culprit is global warming, a new study finds. Rain falls year-round in the Amazon, but most of the annual deluge drops during the wet season. (The rainy season's timing varies with latitude.) Scientists think that a longer dry season will stress trees, raising the risk of wildfires and forest dieback. The forest's annual fire season became longer as the dry season lengthened, according to the study, published today (Oct. 21) in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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'Doc Michael says:
The likely coalprit is global warming.
Like nearly everything else, it will require being renamed: Amazon Rainless Forest; Glacierless National Park, etc.

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