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Retreating rainforest

October 2006

What are the causes and consequences of increasing deforestation in the Amazon?

Retreating rainforest

McDonald’s and Greenpeace becoming friends?

Tree nurseries springing up in dense forest?

These are two matters reported on recently by the BBC (27 September 2006) and the Guardian (2 August 2006) but why are tree nurseries a necessity and what has forced two opposing forces to form an unlikely alliance?

Figures for 2004/2005 show that the rate of forest clearance in the Amazon was the second highest on record.

With deforestation now widely regarded as a major cause of climate change, what drove Brazil to cut down 10,000 square miles of forest? What will happen in the future if current rates of removal continue? And what are new developments are occurring in the region?

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This story will have particular appeal for GCSE and A-level candidates who are studying population growth, ecosystems or economic development. It also examines the role of deforestation in climate change and contrasts the opportunities and challenges of this LEDC rural environment.

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