“What we’re talking about here is an irreversible switch.”
There is a doomsday scenario for the burning Amazon — the irreversible point at which the tropical land can no longer sustain itself as a flourishing, vital rainforest. What’s less certain is exactly when that threshold, driven by a collapse in the climatic system that feeds the forest, will get crossed, though it may be quite soon. What’s more certain, though, is humanity is speeding along on the tipping point interstate.
This is one of the consequences of climate change denial and by the time we finally admit it is happening, it may be too late to save the Amazon. Hopefully these fires will get more people to recognize that the time to act on climate change is now.