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Rainforest loss in South-East Asia could extend El Niño and La Niña

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Rainforest loss in South-East Asia could extend El Niño and La Niña

Large areas of rainforest are burnt in Indonesia and Malaysia to clear land for palm oil plantations

Cutting down rainforests for palm oil in Indonesia and Malaysia could encourage longer El Niño and La Niña events with far-flung climate impacts, according to modelling research.

An El Niño event, like the one that began earlier this year, occurs when easterly trade winds weaken, allowing warm water to slosh from the western Pacific back into the eastern Pacific and heat the atmosphere. In La Niña, the alternate phase of …

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