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From a peak of two billion tons of carbon each year in the 1990s, uptake has been cut in half and is for the first time being surpassed by fuel emissions in Latin America, according to an international team of nearly 100 scientists. , led by the University of Leeds (England).
In recent decades the Amazon forest acted as a major carbon sink, helping to slow the pace of climate change. However, "the mortality rate of trees has increased by more than a third since the mid-1980s, and this affected the ability to store carbon," the report reads.