Posts Tagged ‘FORESTS’

A Special Report on Forests: Seeing the Wood

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

A special report on forests

Seeing the wood

Purveyors of water, consumers of carbon, treasure-houses of species, the world’s forests are ecological miracles. They must not be allowed to vanish, says James Astill

THE ECONOMIST

DAYBREAK is a heavenly time to look on the Amazonian canopy. From a Brazilian research tower high above it, a fuzzy grey sylvan view emerges from the thinning gloom, vastly undulating, more granular than a cloud. It is mind-bendingly beautiful. Chirruping and squawking, a few early risers—collared puffbirds, chestnut-rumped woodcreepers and the tautologous curve-billed scythebill—open up for the planet’s biggest avian choir.

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Forests and how to save them: The World’s Lungs

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Forests and how to save them:The World's Lungs

There is hope for forests, but mankind needs to move faster if they are to be saved


THE ECONOMIST

THE summer dry-season, now drawing to an end, is when the Amazon rainforest gets cut and burned. The smoke this causes can often be seen from space. But not this year. Brazil’s deforestation rate has dropped astoundingly fast. In 2004 some 2.8m hectares (10,700 square miles) of the Amazon were razed; last year only around 750,000 hectares were.

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