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Climate change impacts in the amazon
Review of scientific literature
This document gives an overview of the implications of climate change on the Amazon Basin, based on the available scientific literature. Empirical and modeled data suggest that the Amazon basin is at particular risk to climate change effects. Projected changes of warmer temperatures and decreased precipitation during already dry months could manifest in longer and perhaps, more severe droughts and substantial changes in seasonality. Coupled with land use changes, these changes could lead to devastating impacts, including; increased erosion, degradation of freshwater systems, loss of ecologically and agriculturally valuable soils, loss of biodiversity, decreased agricultural yields, increased insect infestation, and spread of infectious diseases.