Monday, March 23, 2009


Norway emerges as champion of rainforest conservation
Wonderful example of what a small country is doing to help the Amazon Forest.

37,000 sq km of Amazon rainforest destroyed or damaged in 2008
Not good to say the least. In the August 2007-July 2008 period, there was an increase of 67 percent over the prior year period.

New potential "commodity boom" threatens to create a new "forest bust."
Already a significant driver of tropical forest conversion across southeast Asia, oil palm expansion could emerge as threat to the Amazon rainforest due to a proposed change in Brazil's forest law, new infrastructure, and the influence of foreign companies in the region, according to researchers writing in the open-access journal Tropical Conservation Science.

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