05 Dec '11, 4am

Britain Pledges $15 Million to Combat Deforestation in Brazil

Britain Pledges $15 Million to Combat Deforestation in Brazil

In a move which embodies the spirit of international cooperation outlined by the UN climate summit underway in South Africa, Britain's Environment Secretary has pledged over $15 million to fight deforestation in Brazil. The funds are intended to combat rampant logging activities in the nation's fast-dwindling Cerrado forest by promoting local farmers, who in recent years have faced mounting pressure from large agricultural companies. The pledge is part of a wider international push to cut the rate of deforestation across the globe in half by the year 2020. While slowing logging in the Amazon rainforest has been a key issue for decades, the Cerrado's tropical savanna ecosystem of Central Brazil has become a hotbed of deforestation, threatening countless species unique to the region. Much of the land has already been cleared to make room for soy plantations and vast cattle r...

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