Rainforests pump water round the tropics – but the pulse of this heart is weakening

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Healthy forests can reduce heat stress, boost crop yields and maintain stable water flows. Image: Unsplash/Nate Johnston

Callum Smith
PhD Candidate in Biosphere-Atmosphere Interactions, University of Leeds
Dominick Spracklen
Professor of Biosphere-Atmosphere Interactions, University of Leeds
Jess Baker
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Tropical Climate, University of Leeds
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