Illegal logging, urban sprawl, advancing agricultural frontier and impacts of infrastructure works are the villains of deforestation in the Amazon. Projections made by a mapping tool indicate that, at current rates, hard woods will last just a little more than two centuries. Fortunately, this same technology may be able to help prevent the deforestation. Costing Nature is a partnership between InfoAmazonia and geographer Mark Mulligan from King’s College, London. The interactive includes a map animation and story about Mulligan’s model to forecast the end of the Amazon rain forest.
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