Amazon villages that cut down their forest may make a quick buck, but ultimately end up just as poor and low down on the social ladder as when they started out, say researchers. A study of nearly 300 communities in the Brazilian Amazon shows that deforestation leads to social and economic "boom and bust". Ana Rodrigues of the Centre for Functional and Evolutionary Ecology in Montpellier, France, and colleagues say the Brazilian government needs to find ways of hoisting Amazon communities out of poverty without relying on deforestation. In the study, the researchers used data on life expectancy, and levels of income and education from 286 municipalities in the Amazon. They grouped the communities depending on how much they had deforested their land, ranging from those that lived in pristine or near-pristine forest to those that had completely deforested their village area.
Amazon deforestation leads to economic boom and bust - environment - 11 June 2009
The loss of these great forests will lead to mammoth long-term problems but, typically, the greed of mankind simply fogs the thinking. We are in trouble folks - you better believe it! by Feb 5
Deforestation in the Amazon | Environment
This is the curse we are fighting - and it is happening on a mammoth scale. If this continues untold repercussions will occur. On top of all this Brazil has plans to flood huge areas for monstrous power schemes. We have to act now and support the good work of those striving to bring meaningful change. by Feb 5