The Sumatran rainforest will mostly disappear within 20 years

Posted In Ecosystem Destruction, News
May
26

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In only a few years, logging and agribusiness have cut Indonesia’s vast rainforest by half. The government has renewed a moratorium on deforestation but it may already be too late for the endangered animals and for the people whose lives lie in ruin…

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