Drones over the Amazon

Read the full story from Harvard University.

The Amazon basin, home to the largest rainforest in the world, plays a crucial role in maintaining the planet’s carbon budget, absorbing and storing billions of tons of carbon dioxide annually. But a tipping point looms on the horizon — one that may turn one this vital carbon sink into one of the largest sources of carbon dioxide on the planet.

By “smelling the forest,” a Harvard-led team of researchers is attempting to measure how and when that could happen.

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