What Is The Amazon “Tipping Point,” Exactly?

And what will it mean for the future of our planet?

Quentin Septer
The Environment
Published in
22 min readMar 24, 2024

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Rainforest canopy in the Peruvian Amazon. Image credit: Conscious Design

At 6.7 million square kilometers in size — an area about twice the size of India — the Amazon Rainforest accounts for half of the remaining rainforest on Earth. It is the largest swathe of contiguous forest left on the planet, and it is home to more than 10 percent of the world’s terrestrial…

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Quentin Septer
The Environment

Essayist. Science Journalist. Author of Where Land Becomes Sky: Life and Death Along the Colorado Trail.