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Environmentalists ‘exaggerated’ threat to tropical rainforests from global warming

David Derbyshire
UK Daily Mail
Nov 12, 2010

The threat to tropical rainforests from climate change may have been exaggerated by environmentalists, according to a new study.

Researchers have shown that the world’s tropical forests thrived in the far distant past when temperatures were 3 to 5C warmer than today.

They believe that a wetter, warmer future may actually boost plants and animals living the tropics.

The findings, published in the respected journal Science, come from a study of pollen trapped in rocks during a natural period of global warming 56.3million years ago.

The extreme warm spell – called the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum – saw global temperatures soar by 6C (11F) within a few thousand years.

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