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The Amazon is in serious danger

The Amazon is in serious danger because one of the two chambers of the Brazilian parliament has decided to bin the laws currently protecting the forest.

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Congress has voted to remove the legal bulwarks protecting the Amazon rain forest from stripping by livestock farmers and large property owners. The atmosphere in the Amazon area of Brazil is also becoming increasingly tense because the price of raw materials has spiralled, boosting land values hugely. The agricultural lobby has managed to successfully oppose the Forest Law which thus far has prevented large stretches of rain forest from being destroyed to make way for tillage and grazing. The law allows tillage and livestock farmers to strip just one fifth of the forest on their land and forces them to keep 80% under trees. Unfortunately, it is frequently flaunted. According to the Comissão Pastoral da Terra (the Land Pastoral Commission), 393 people were killed in disputes relating to land ownership between 2000 and 2010. The guilty parties were only very occasionally brought to justice.
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The Amazon is essential for life on earth as 20% of our oxygen and 60% of our fresh water come from its magnificent rain forests. This is why it is crucial that we all protect it.

Photo credits: Jaysi, Roman Shiyanov.

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June 29, 2011

Dmccale

yes it is so sad.Thanks for the reminder.Wish we all could do something.Peace to all Debbie

June 28, 2011

smartview27

Very sad.

June 28, 2011

Egomezta

So sad.... But this is a global problem, everywhere is happening the same.

June 28, 2011

Tan510jomast

Yes, it's sad , isn't it? As far as I know, it was already in danger when I visited Brazil in 2001. Much like the other watersheds of the world. I noticed many of the birds I used to see are missing from my garden. Soon, we will all have to be like Battlestar Galatica and live in space where nothing is real, all computerized generated images . I will be dead by then, but I feel sad for the younger generations. They didn't see many thing i did. Of course, I am not seeing just as many things my grandfather did.
Cry for Mother Nature? I am not sure, maybe the natural disaster worldwide is Mother Nature's revenge to mankind abuse of her .

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