Leticia Santos Lima writes in Nature about Amazon drought
In light of the extreme drought affecting several areas of the Amazon, ICTA-UAB researcher Leticia Santos Lima has published a correspondence in Nature highlighting the impact of this dramatic drought on the populations of these areas.
Santos de Lima states that this situation particularly affects remote rural communities, which rely on inland waterways to access urban centres and services such as health care. She also notes that these communities are facing shortages of food and water, as well as respiratory illnesses due to forest fires.
While acknowledging the emergency actions announced by authorities to ensure food supplies to the impacted communities and the dredging of rivers to enhance transportation, Santos de Lima insists on the necessity of creating preventative and integrated strategies to withstand future droughts.
The coauthors of this correspondence are Hernani Fernandes Magalhães de Oliveira from the Universidade Federal do Paraná, Ayan Santos Fleischmann from the Instituto de Desenvolvimento Sustentável Mamirauá, and Marcia Nunes Macedo, from the Woodwell Climate Research Center in Massachusetts, USA.
Lima, L.S. (2023). Extreme drought is again isolating people in Amazonia. Nature. 622. https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-023-03311-z