Friday, December 30, 2005

Brazilian rainforest being sacked at alarming rate

'The Brazilian rainforest is being destroyed by human logging at more than twice the rate previously thought, a new satellite analysis reveals. The findings reinforce many ecologists’ belief that this type of forest destruction might be contributing to the area’s worst drought in 40 years. Previous satellite imaging could only detect clear-cut areas, where swathes of forest had been cleared by humans. They could not differentiate undisturbed parts of the forest from areas that had been thinned by selective logging – in which only valuable timber trees such as mahogany are removed.' More


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