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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Caught between rapidly expanding resource use and climate change-fuelled fires, the future of the Amazon rainforest and the stunning array of life teeming within it just keeps growing bleaker.

In a new report for Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development geologist Robert Toovey Walker from University of Florida reviews recent research on the Amazon rainforest to reach a grim conclusion.

Lengthening dry seasons will soon no longer allow the rainforest canopies the five years they . . .

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