Amazon deforestation leads to economic boom and bust - environment - 11 June 2009. 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. Deforestation in the Amazon. June 1989, Brazil: The forest burns.
The Amazon is the largest rainforest in the world and is home to 15% of the world’s known land-based plant species, and nearly 10% of the world’s mammals. It has as many as 300 species of tree in a single hectare. Sipa Press/Rex Features Almost one-fifth of Brazil's Amazon region - an area the size of France - has been deforested to date, mostly in the last 40 years. Save as WWF, Save a Tree : Home. Symphony of Science.
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