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Brazil faces economic pain as a forest destruction effect of the Amazon rainforest dries up water supplies

Brazil faces economic pain as a forest destruction effect of the Amazon rainforest dries up water supplies

The problem that scientists say Brazil is facing is not surprising as scientists can observe that the rainforest-rich country's drought dries out at an alarming rate.

In recent months, several studies have highlighted deforestation, a warming climate and weak governance as the main drivers of the drier conditions in the u.S. of Brazil's midwest and south, thereby deforestation, warming climates and poor governance as the primary causes of the weakest conditions, with farms overpayed and electricity plants struggling to meet demand.

According to the new research released in August by the mapping initiative MapBiomas, Brazil has lost nearly 16% of its surface water over the past three decades.

According to historical satellite images, researchers identified a certain area of the country that has transformed from water areas to soil or vegetation, and vice versa, said Carlos Souza Jr., a geologist at Imazon (Imazon - Amazon Institute of Man and Environment).

For the MapBiomas study, Souza, who analyzed the 2018 study on aquatic ecosystems in the Amazon rainforest, provided data for the analysis.

"This means we'll have less water to mainly be used in the development of basic activities, such as industrial or energy production, urban centers and traditional communities, etc."

Brazil, which holds 12% of the planet's freshwater reserves, is experiencing its worst drought in more than 90 years.

As the reservoir water levels dropped fast, especially in the southeast regions such as Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo are located, the nation's electricity supplier said in August it would add a "water scarcity flag" to the power tariff system.

A colored flag sands represent a water level at hydropower plants, giving the nation electricity rates a state's rate of electricity.

Green means that they are running at adequate capacity, while yellow, red and new "scarcity" flag signal low or critical levels, triggering an price hike to cover the cost of activating thermal energy plants and other measures to avoid blackouts.


In September, a nonprofit financial think tank, Planet Tracker reported that Climate change already reduces the volume and variety of crops that Brazil's farmers can grow.

Its researchers said more erratic weather is hitting the double-cropping system that Brazil relies on for maintaining its status as a major soy and corn exporter.

Double-cropping is the same land that farmers use twice every year in order to achieve the same degree of success with consistent rainfall patterns to learn how to plant and when.

In addition to the report, the net loss to Brazil's export revenue would likely be $701 million - 2,1 billion dollars per year.

New landowners are now caught in a "negative feedback loop" - changing rainfall patterns create lower crop yields, that leads farmers to clear forest to become more crops. Lastly, the changing rainfall patterns erode rainfall patterns.

The National Institute of Space Research (NIES) has estimated that the Amazon lost more than 10.850 sq km (4.190 sq km) of trees, a jump of more than 7% over the past 12 months.

Some 20 billion tons of vapor evaporated every day from the region and later collapsed as rain was in the rainforest and other parts of Brazil.

Climate change report says the global climate change expert's report takes place on three separate assessment reports, according to the physicist.

As the global temperature rises, the sensitivity of moisture in the atmosphere has been increasing.

"All IPCC climate models show that central and northeast Brazil will become drier and the south will have more precipitation," Artaxo said.


Without governance and environmental oversight, Brazil has a problem about water, said Angelo Lima, an executive director of the Water Governance Observatory, a group of researchers, institutions, private sector and civil society groups.

Right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro weakened the environment department's authority on forestry and water agency services, while promoting development of the Amazon.

The dismantling of environmental management in Brazil has a direct impact on the water and the climate, said Lima.

He said that Brazil should have learned lessons from past water emergencies, such as the rain shortage in 2001, which resulted in planned blackouts across the country, and the severe drought that hit Sao Paulo, Brazil's most populous state in 2014, the most populous state of the country.

Lima wants to see the government apply a existing law that allows residents and businesses to use untreated water.

It would also save up the water crisis in the world; on the other hand, he added, that some countries should continue to do the work on its shores for more efficient irrigation and water conservation, rather than focusing on the end of the deforestation in Brazil and invest more in the rehabilitation of water basins and river banks, which would stop the water crisis or at least ease it.

Simone Santana, owner of the Pontal do Lago inn in the northern district of a lake created by the Furnas hydroelectric dam in Minas Gerais, said she felt the effects of Brazil's water crisis over the past 10 years.

Last month, the water level in Furnas reached its lowest point in two decades, leaving less than 15% of the flowing water accumulated in the dam.

One of the more popular locations for water and fishing, the fast-emptying dam doesn't attract a number of tourists as it is between 2014 and 2019, just before the pandemic, Santana said.

Our business was very affected, we had 11 employees, now we had only four. We had a hard time," she said.

A private well ensures that a steady water supply will keep her business away from fluctuating electricity prices by installing a solar-power system two years ago.

That's why the companies must invest in the solar space to ensure more harmony and are less affected by the water crisis, she said.

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