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Intro: "Scientists fear billions of tree deaths caused by 2010 drought could see vast forest turn from carbon sink to carbon source."

Aerial view of a drought-affected area within the Amazon basin in Manaus, Brazil, 02/03/11. (photo: Rodrigo Baleia/Getty Images)
Aerial view of a drought-affected area within the Amazon basin in Manaus, Brazil, 02/03/11. (photo: Rodrigo Baleia/Getty Images) your social media marketing partner


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+10 # Regina 2011-02-07 00:44
Not to worry -- the Koch boys will declare this possibility false, and Glenn Beck will agitate mightily to deny these projections of doom. Science is a conspiracy carried on by elitist agitators.
+2 # rf 2011-02-07 06:04
Oh Dear! My estate is not nearly large enough and I was counting on buy next door. You nasty liberals and your trying to keep all the good assets that should be privatized to yourselves! Shame on you! think of how lovely the fox hunt I could have!
+11 # Glen 2011-02-07 06:39
Droughts come and go. Same with fires. The one factor that remains and has caused drought and fire is human over population.

Human activities of production or simply survival have destroyed millions of trees, changing local and world climate. Those activities also extend to wasting water and polluting it, spewing tons of pollutants into the atmosphere, over extending soil for food production, eliminating flora and fauna by expanding cities and towns, etc.

It is time for human beings to face up to their over-population issues, but they won't, and most folks researching and reporting on the environment never mention it.
0 # chick 2011-02-17 00:00
And the Republicans want to outlaw abortions. more population.

And the Republicans want to stop people from seeking Dr.s to help them end life that are in critical pain and no longer able to live on their own.
More population.
+15 # genierae 2011-02-07 08:39
Ignorance is NOT bliss, ignorance is now threatening all life on earth, and yet Republicans are continuing to deny global warming, and to block every effort to address it. Gaia is growing weary of our insanity, and she is showing her displeasure in increasingly dangerous ways. Ignorance and greed are killing us. Will we wake up in time?
0 # lalo 2011-12-03 19:38
All who care about climate change have to worry about the approval of the new Forest Code in Brazil which will cause the forests disappear!

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