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The Amazon has become a net greenhouse gas emitter. Here's what that means

Fires and deforestation are causing the Amazon Basin to emit greenhouse gases. Image: REUTERS/Nacho Doce

Liz Kimbrough

Journalist, Mongabay

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image of fire at the borders of the Kaxarari Indigenous Land, in Lábrea, Amazonas state
Fires in the Amazon are often caused by humans for agricultural reasons. Image: Greenpeace/Christian Braga
image of dead trees in a canal constructed for the Belo Monte Dam project in Brazil.
Dead trees in a canal constructed for the Belo Monte Dam project in Brazil. Image: Greenpeace/Daniel Beltrá
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Human activity is damaging the Amazon ecosystem and adding to climate change. Image: Covey et al 2021.
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Person from an indigenous community holding eggs of a bird belonging to Tinamou order, Colombia. Image: Rhett A. Butler
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