How organized crime is destroying the rainforests

Organized crime is behind the trade in illegal timber in the rainforests.

The illegal logging industry has become very attractive to criminal organizations over the past ten years.  Up to 90 per cent of tropical deforestation can be attributed to organized crime, which controls up to 30 per cent of the global timber trade, according to a new report from the United Nations Environment Program.

 

 

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Horrific Amount of Deforestation in the Amazon from 2000-2008

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Only Remnants of the Rainforest Remain

NASA’s Earth Observatory has some amazing satellite photos of the deforestation of the Amazonian rainforest over the past 8 years. At the link, click on the years posted below the picture to see the progression.

The state of Rondônia in western Brazil is one of the most deforested parts of the Amazon. In the past three decades, clearing and degradation of the state’s original 208,000 square kilometers of forest (about 51.4 million acres, an area slightly smaller than the state of Kansas) has been rapid: 4,200 square kilometers cleared by 1978; 30,000 by 1988; and 53,300 by 1998. By 2003, an estimated 67,764 square kilometers of rainforest-an area larger than the state of West Virginia-had been cleared…

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Mission Seedbomb To Combat Deforestation

Mission Seedbomb To Combat Deforestation

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Legend has it that after the World War II got over, American pilot Gale Halvorson airdropped candies in the name of hope, for the Berlin children. War equals devastation, so dropping candies instead of bombs was probably personal retribution. Inspired by this incident, designer Hwang Jin wook and pals have come up with a plan to combat deforestation and desertification of land in a similar fashion. Their mission is called “Seedbomb.”
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