Protected areas can stop people from cutting and burning trees in the Amazon, but they can’t keep rising temperatures out.
In a recent study, FIU biologist Kenneth Feeley found that in as little as 35 years at least 19 percent and as many as 67 percent of the Amazon’s protected areas will not have the same temperatures or climates found today. The actual changes will depend on the rate of warming. With changes in climate already being realized in the Amazon, plants are on the move, migrating to areas where temperatures are cooler and rainfall is greater. Unfortunately for these plants, many are migrating to areas that are not protected.