Orbital View: Eating Away at the Amazon

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

Another profound sight from Daily Overview:

Three years ago, Santa Cruz hosted a conference of the Amazon Network of Socio-Environmental Geo-Referenced Information (RAISG). Money quote:

“If all of the economic interests [projects] that are planned for the upcoming years occur, the Amazon rainforest will become a savanna with spots of forest,” warned the general coordinator of the RAISG, Beto Ricardo, from the Socio-Environmental Institute of Brazil. [...] The deforestation analysis shows that between 2000 and 2010 nearly 240,000 square kilometers (92,000 square miles) of Amazonian forest were deforested. This is equivalent to twice the Ecuadorian Amazon.

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