Monday, 23 November 2015

Danger to Earth lungs

About half the 15,000 tree species in the Amazon - the world's most diverse forest - are threatened by deforestation, an international study says.

The report lays bare the destruction of an ecosystem often referred to as the lungs of the Earth.

"At least 36 per cent and up to 57 per cent of all Amazonian tree species are likely to qualify as globally threatened," said the study in the journal Science Advances, which used criteria from the respected International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

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