Tropical forests suffered near-record tree losses in 2017

by Brad Plumer, The NY Times

In Brazil, forest fires set by farmers and ranchers to clear land for agriculture raged out of control last year, wiping out more than 3 million acres of trees as a severe drought gripped the region. Those losses undermined Brazil’s recent efforts to protect its rain forests.

In Colombia, a landmark peace deal between the government and the country’s largest rebel group paved the way for a rush of mining, logging and farming that caused deforestation in the nation’s Amazon region to spike last year.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/27/climate/tropical-trees-deforestation.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_clim_20180627&nl=&nl_art=0&nlid=84723763c%3Dedit_clim_20180627&ref=headline&te=1

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