08 Aug '11, 12am

50 yrs of oil spills in Nigeria will take up to 30 yrs & $1 billion+ to clean up, reports @mongabay

Saving (and studying) one of Nigeria's last montane forests (07/26/2011) Between 2000 and 2010, Nigeria lost nearly a third (31 percent) of its forest cover, while its primary forests suffered even worse: in just five years (2000 to 2005) over half of the nation's primary forests were destroyed, the highest rate in the world during that time. Yet, Nigeria's dwindling forests have never received the same attention as many other country's, such as Indonesia, Brazil, Malaysia, or Peru, even though in many ways Nigeria struggles with even deeper problems than other developing nations. Despite vast oil business, the nation is plagued by poverty and destitution, a prime example of what economists call the 'resource curse'. Environmentally, it has been named one of the worst in the world. Yet, not all forest news out of Nigeria is bleak: the success of the Nigerian Montane Forest...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0807-hance_nigeria_oil.html

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