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Satellite view from NASA of Rainforest destruction from roadsSatellite view from NASA of Rainforest destruction from roads

Satellite View of Roads Cut Through Brazilian Rainforests

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Above is one of the clearest views yet of the toll logging and deforestation is having on the Brazilian rainforests; with previously intact wilderness now being divided by an ever-increasing network of access roads.

According to a new article on Yale e360, by the year 2020, rates of forest destruction due to an increase in roads could rise by up to 500,000 hectares (1.2M acres) per year, and the area of forest that would remain in large, unfragmented tracts — exceeding 100,000 square kilometers — would decline by 36 percent.

“Roads,” said the ecologist Thomas Lovejoy, “are the seeds of tropical forest destruction.”

Check out the full and in-depth feature over on Yale e360 here.

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