The Amazon rainforest has been suffering through the effects of a mega-drought, covering an area more than twice the size of California, since 2005, a new NASA-led study has found. This new research, “when combined with observed recurrences of droughts every few years and associated damage to the forests in southern and western Amazonia in
Tremendous droughts in the Amazon are pressing global issues that we’ve covered on here before. 2005 and 2010 saw droughts at a level that have caused serious environmental problems and are wildly outside the norm. See: Dual Amazon Droughts Alarm Scientists or Amazon Gets Hit with Extreme Drought, Perhaps Worst Ever (Global Weirding?) for more on our previous coverage.