Cutting Down the Amazon at Alarming Rates

brazil3Rondônia, Brazil was once home to 51.4 million acres of gorgeous, life-giving rainforest, however, in the last three decades humans have destroyed a large amount of that forest.

According to NASA: “Clearing and degradation of the state’s forests have been rapid: 4,200 square kilometers cleared by 1978; 30,000 by 1988; and 53,300 by 1998. By 2003, an estimated 67,764 square kilometers of rainforest — an area larger than the state of West Virginia — had been cleared.”

Take a look at this aerial shot synthesising the damage done in Rondônia in a bit more than a decade.

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The 2010 Sustainability Conference financed by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund co-financed.