SCIENCE IN THE NEWS DAILY
City-Size Tract of Amazon Forest Cleared in April
from National Geographic News
In just a month, an area nearly the size of New York City was cleared in the Amazon rain forest - an "alarming" and "worse-than-imagined" development, the Brazilian government said in a statement. At least 433 square miles were deforested in Brazil in April 2008.
That's eight times more than the 55 square miles destroyed the month before, according to data released last week by the Brazilian National Space Research Institute (INPE), which monitors the Amazon.
The results suggest that the deforestation rate has accelerated, INPE said. ... The numbers are based on satellite data from Deter, a system that uses low-resolution images to capture frequent snapshots of the region.
Connect With Us:
VIDEO: From Biology to Military History: Patterns in Animal Weaponry
What are the parallels between an ancient war ship and a dung beetle? More than you would think, actually! Douglas J. Emlen, PhD, has a unique perspective on animal weaponry that looks at patterns in military history.
To view all multimedia content, click "Latest Multimedia"!
Receive notification when new content is posted from the entire website, or choose from the customized feeds available.