RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In 30 years, the burned surface of the Amazon forest will have doubled. A study that examines the evolution of fires this century shows that the negative interaction between deforestation and climate change will result in even more devastating fires.
As a consequence, much of the Amazon region will become a defined emitter of greenhouse gases that, in turn, will feed back the process. Some experts are beginning to talk about a point of no return and the savannization of the Amazon.
Brazilian and North American researchers have created a model for the evolution of fires . . .