Wednesday, November 02, 2005

The disappearing rain forest

This is serious. The BBC is also reporting that "[s]cientists from Brazil and the US say new research suggests deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon has been underestimated by at least 60%". Apparently, "selective logging" is to blame for part of it.

The researchers, who used satellite technology from NASA, "concluded that the area of rainforest destroyed between 1999 and 2002 was thousands of square kilometres bigger than previously thought. They also found that about 25% more carbon had been released into the atmosphere than estimated -- possibly enough to affect climate change."

For my previous posts on climate change and related issues, see here, here, here, and here.

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