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Future threats to the Amazon rainforest

Source:  Copyright 2008, Mongabay
Date:  July 31, 2008
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Between June 2000 and June 2008, more than 150,000 square kilometers of rainforest were cleared in the Brazilian Amazon. While deforestation rates have slowed since 2004, forest loss is expected to continue for the foreseeable future. Here takes a look at past, current and potential future drivers of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon.

Past drivers of deforestation in the Amazon

Most deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon has occurred since the late 1960s when the Brazil's military government began to sponsor large-scale development programs to promote colonization in the region. The plan, which sought to both offer economic opportunities for landless poor from crowded parts of the country and establish a national presence in the vast and sparsely populate interior, offered subsidized loans to settlers and ranchers, and funded ambitious highway projects like the Trans-Amazonian highway. While the Trans-Amazonian ...

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