•The way the WWF report calculated this 40 percent was totally wrong, while the new calculations are by far more reliable and correct.
•These calculations were done by researchers at Boston University and were published in the scientific journal Geophysical Research Letters.
•They used satellite data to study the drought of 2005, when rainfall fell to the lowest in living memory, and found that the rainforest suffered no significant effects.According to NASA-funded scientists analyzing the past decades of satellite imagery of the Amazon basin:
"We found no big differences in the greenness level of these forests between drought and nondrought years," says Arindam Samanta of Boston University, lead author of the new study. Read more.•The rainforests are remarkably resilient to droughts.
•Even during the 100-year-peak dry season of 2005 the jungles were basically unaffected.