Tropical forests had a pretty shitty year in 2017. They were battered by hurricanes, lit up by wildfires, and logged over. All told, 39 million acres of tropical tree cover disappeared in 2017, marking the second largest annual decline in tree cover in the tropics on record.
CUSCO, PERU—British scientist Dan Metcalfe is attempting to take the clouds out of cloud forests. It sounds like something out of an Ian Fleming novel, but Metcalfe is no Bond villain, and his plan to remove clouds from a portion of forest in Peru with a giant cloud catching net is not part of some sinister plot.…
Throughout the Brazilian Amazon, more than 95% of deforestation occurs within a few miles of a road. If no roads were built through these areas, the ecosystems would be far more intact, and biodiversity would be more likely to thrive.
The picture above is terrible. It shows the catastrophic effects of the deforestation caused by the current gold rush in the tropical forests of South America. The consumption of gold worldwide is increasing in the last years due to the global economic crisis and the instability in the financial markets.