A new study from NASA scientists shows human activity is causing the atmosphere over the Amazon to dry out. For 20 years, the amount of moisture in the air has been decreasing. And it’s caused by climate change.

According to the lead author of the study, Armineh Barkhordarian, “We observed that in the last two decades, there has been a significant increase in dryness in the atmosphere as well as in the atmospheric demand for water above the rainforest,” she said in a statement, “In comparing this trend to data from models that estimate climate variability over thousands of years, we determined that the change in atmospheric aridity is well beyond what would be expected from natural climate variability.”

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Half of the cause is increased greenhouse gas levels. The other half is burning the forests to clear the land for agriculture. These two activities are increasing the warming, and therefore the reduced moisture in the air.

The Amazon is responsible for absorbing billions of tons of carbon dioxide, keeping temperatures regular and climate consistent. When that process is disrupted, as described in the study, the forest cannot sustain itself. If this continues, many trees won’t be able to sustain themselves and would not be able to survive. The earth would lose a crucial part of climate regulation.

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