For the developed world this news is a double-edged sword. In the U.S. 95% of native forests have already been lost. Across Britain and Europe centuries of industrialisation and the cutting down of timber has left numerous forests a mere fraction of their former sizes. Yet in the US, Japan and Europe the demand for timber is as strong as ever. Unable to supply our own timber for building or paper, we put pressure on third world countries to supply us. In Indonesia alone, approximately 5 million acres are being wiped out each year. That is an area the size of Belgium. In Borneo, forests have been burned, logged and cleared since 1950, and are projected to further diminish over the upcoming decade. These areas represent habitat for species, such as orangutan and elephants. In Brazil, the Atlantic rainforest once covered a million square kilometers. It is now only 5% of its original size. Charcoal production, uncontrolled logging and the pressure for land have eaten into the rainforest, displacing those native to the area, and laying waste to acre after acre. The resulting fires from clearance send smoke and smog into the atmosphere. In Indonesia and Malaysia deforestation is so bad that people cannot move around during the burning without... [continues]
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