29 Nov '13, 5pm

Wide Mangrove Destruction Is Documented Along Coast of Myanmar

29 Nov 2013: Wide Mangrove Destruction Is Documented Along Coast of Myanmar Click to Enlarge Webb et al., 2013 Mangrove forest loss Rapid agricultural expansion destroyed nearly two-thirds of the mangrove forests in Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady Delta between 1978 and 2011, increasing the region’s vulnerability to cyclones and typhoons, according to a new study. Using remote sensing imagery and field data, researchers from Myanmar and Singapore said that the dense mangrove cover in the Ayeyarwady Delta declined from 2,623 square kilometers to 1,000 square kilometers in that 33-year period. The main cause was agriculture expansion and the researchers said that if rates of destruction continue at their current pace the delta’s mangroves could be completely deforested by 2026. Reporting in the journal Global Environmental Change , the scientists said that the loss of mangroves in the ...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/digest/wide_mangrove_destruction_is_...

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