Dieback of the Amazon Rainforest By Pablo Picasso

Also known as “the lungs of the Earth”, the Amazon rainforest has been in gradual decline for many years.

D'après l'intelligence artificielle Dall-E

Based on Dall-E artificial intelligence


Considered as an essential part of the Earth’s climate system, the Amazon rainforest plays a crucial role in regulating the global climate. By absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and releasing oxygen, it is one of the Earth’s carbon sinks, which it is vital to preserve.

A reservoir of biodiversity and the world’s largest tropical forest, home to millions of plant and animal species, it also helps to maintain the planet’s ecological balance. An entire ecosystem is directly threatened with extinction if nothing is done.

The decline of the Amazon rainforest is due to a combination of different human activities, such as mining, oil extraction, intensive agriculture, dam construction, deforestation and, more generally, climate change. This phenomenon is known as the dieback of the Amazon rainforest. It highlights the devastating impact of human activities on the Earth’s climate.

In this context, the famous painter Pablo Picasso could have imagined a painting depicting the chaotic and destructive consequences of this tipping point, thanks to his characteristic cubist style.

Davide Faranda

Climate and Environmental Sciences Laboratory (LSCE - IPSL)