Amazon rainforest disappearing faster than previously believed
A report released by the World Wide Fund for Nature is warning that more than half of the Amazon rainforest could be gone by 2030 as a result of increased logging and decreased rainfall.
That in turn would release some 90 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, accelerating global warming and affecting rainfall over the world's major agricultural areas.
The WWF report explains that a crucial tipping point is reached when a rainforest becomes vulnerable to fire. That sets off a vicious cycle, where each fire dries out the forest further and also results in the extinction of wildlife. The report calls for bold new strategies to head off such tipping points and allow tropical forests to regrow.
The Kyoto Protocol does not cover deforestation, but delegates to the ongoing climate change meeting in Bali hope to incorporate it in any future agreement. However, assisting indigenous peoples while keeping out developers will be a tricky balancing act.
The following video is from BBC's BBC World, broadcast on December 06, 2007