On the left side of a river, there are no trees; on the right, a dense, canopied rainforest

The Amazon's carbon tipping point

The Amazon is suffering. So are we. Here's why.

The fight to save the Amazon has always been about saving the great forest’s wildlife, ecosystems and human inhabitants. But today it’s also about helping to save all of us. The Amazon plays a key role in regulating the Earth’s climate, and researchers are now warning that as the forest falls, it’s losing its ability to do that.

In this special series, reporter Sam Eaton explores the crucial question: Can we save the Amazon, so it can help save us?

This reporting project is a partnership with The Nation magazine and PBS NewsHour with support from the Pulitzer Center and the Society of Environmental Journalists’ Fund for Environmental Journalism.

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