In 2005 the Amazon region suffered a devastating drought covering a broad swathe from the Atlantic coast just south of the equator all the way to Bolivia in the south-west. Just five years later another drought came out of the blue and wiped out billions more trees. But where were the predictions warning of these impending events? Simply not there: it would seem that climatologists – despite all their computer models – were unable to foresee what was coming any more than they had during the exceptional 2005 hurricane season, when Katrina blitzed its way across New Orleans. And could anyone then ...


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