18 Nov '11, 5pm

Something for the weekend - the Amazon exhibition at Somerset House:

Something for the weekend - the Amazon exhibition at Somerset House:

The statistics are shocking. Three football pitch sized areas of pristine Amazon rainforest are lost every minute thanks to logging and the land grabs of local farmers. That’s over a million acres per day. What’s more, industrial scale deforestation is responsible for a staggering 15 percent of global emissions – that’s more than ship, air and car transport combined. But worst of all, deforestation – both in the Amazon and elsewhere – is taking an unacceptable toll on biodiversity and indigenous peoples. Malaria, a non-native disease introduced via human encroachment, has killed an estimated 20 per cent of the Yanomani tribe in the Amazon basin, while at least 26 bird and animal species have been lost altogether thanks to habitat loss and poaching. And it’s statistics such as these that make Somerset House’ new Amazon exhibition all the more poignant, focusing, as it does,...

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Great thanks to the hundreds of attendees, presenters, and exhibitors who made D.C. the Passive House capital!