Once majestic Atlantic Forest ’empty’ after 500 years of over-exploitation

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Brazil, Atlantic coast. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


Five centuries of over-exploitation has halved mammal populations in South America’s Atlantic Forest — according to new research from the University of East Anglia…

Read Full Article, Science Daily (09-25-2018)

“Rezoning” in Brazil Opens Endangered Atlantic Forest to Development; By Joseph Green, Extramural Research Associate at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs / COHA (02-15-2017)

A Giant Brought To Its Knee: The Atlantic Coastal Forest
The Atlantic Forest is a shadow of its former self. Originally covering more than 386,000 sq. miles along Brazil’s coast, extending into eastern Paraguay and northeastern Argentina. Today less than 7% of that cover remains, in the wake of centuries of forest clearing for agriculture and urban development, and fragmented by centuries of unsustainable use and logging.


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