02 Apr '17, 6am

5 of the Most Endangered Forests in the World

5 of the Most Endangered Forests in the World

Editor’s note: This post is a Care2 favorite, back by popular demand. It was originally published on February 27, 2013. Enjoy! Forests in Central America, South America and Asia have lost as much as 90 percent of their trees as land is cleared for agriculture , road construction and economic development. In fact, scientists estimate that one out of five species of lizards, reptiles and snakes could go extinct due to deforestation . A United Nations report concluded that, since 2011, more than 3,000 square miles of Colombian forests have been illegally cut down to clear land for coca crops. Organized crime has been implicated in the illegal timber trade which is thought to be worth 30 to 100 billion dollars a year. Elizabeth F. Ralph writes in Foreign Policy : According to a recent Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) report , in Laos, rare rosewood logs can fetch $18,0...

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