The combination of deforestation, climate change, and other factors could push the rainforest beyond the point of no return. If deforestation goes beyond 20% of its original spread, the Amazon rainforest will have reached the point of no return.
If the climate changes by deforestation or global warming there is a risk that more than 50% of the Amazon rainforest becomes a degraded savannah.
While deforestation poses an imminent and severe risk to the Amazon rainforest, it is not the only threat to these ecosystems. Climate change and the use of fire also play a major role in this region’s ongoing ruin.
In addition to its potentially decimating what is left of the rainforest and the wildlife that inhabit it, the degradation of the water cycle will have a severe impact on South America’s Human population.
Despite this grim prediction, we have not yet reached the point where there is no turning back. The Amazon rainforest may be close to the point of no return, but it has not yet passed it.
The right kind of Human intervention could help steer the forest away from imminent doom. But in light of the destruction that has already been done, and the speed of its continuation, putting a stop to it will not be easy.