The Amazon rainforest, which encompasses most of northwestern Brazil and extends to neighboring South American countries, is the world’s largest rainforest. A biodiversity hotspot, this forest is home to a vast wealth of fauna, flora, and indigenous people. The National Geographic article, Last of the Amazon, explains how both illegal and legal logging initiatives are adversely affecting this ancient forest and everything that lives within it.
Logging can perhaps be seen as the development initiative that causes the greatest harm to the forest. According to the article, close to 20%... [+] Read more