150 scientists take upon themselves to save the Amazon rainforest
The Amazon rainforest alone represents more than half of the rainforests on this planet. It is a huge carbon sink for the world and is often referred to as the “Lungs of the planet”. Despite its immense significance, Amazon has been witnessing deforestation at an alarming pace, so the need for action to secure the future of the rainforest has never been more urgent.
Thankfully, a group of 150 leading scientific and economic experts on the Amazon basin have taken it upon themselves to launch an ambitious conservation project. The newly founded Science Panel for the Amazon (SPA) aims to consolidate scientific research on the Amazon and propose solutions that will secure the region’s future — including the social and economic well-being of its thirty-five-million inhabitants.
“Never before has there been such a rigorous scientific evaluation on the Amazon,” said Carlos Nobre, the leading Amazon climatologist and one of the chairs of the Scientific Panel. The newly organized SPA, he adds, will model its work on the style of the authoritative reports produced by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in terms of academic diligence and the depth and breadth of analysis and recommendations.