27 Jul '17, 3pm

Study links most Amazon deforestation to 128 slaughterhouses

Study links most Amazon deforestation to 128 slaughterhouses

Again, the researchers utilized geospatial analysis software. They divided the entire region into a grid of 1 kilometer-wide squares. The probability of future deforestation was estimated for each square based on the presence of factors that stimulate forest destruction, such as available roads or rivers for transportation, distance to markets, and land production potential. Using this data, they created a map of deforestation probability for the entire Brazilian Amazon. Then the researchers used the deforested area for the three previous years — 1.7 million hectares (17,000 square kilometers; 6,564 square miles) — as an estimate of total forest loss that can happen in the three year period between 2016 to 2018. Based on this probability map, they determined the areas under higher risk of new deforestation. The last step was to overlap these projections and the slaughterho...

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