Future of the Environment

3 reasons we should all care about biodiversity

Deforestation in the Amazon rainforest is having devastating effects on biodiversity. Image: REUTERS/Nacho Doce

Johnny Wood

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Mangrove trees are pictured at the small community of La Tirana, about 110 kilometres (68 miles) from San Salvador  August 3, 2012. Because of its location as a thin strip of land between two oceans in a tropical zone, Central America is one of the regions most vulnerable to greenhouse gases. The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) estimates that the area stands to lose $10 billion over the next four years for this reason alone. The damage is not confined to El Salvador, Central America's smallest country, but also its neighbours. Across the region, large tracts of mangroves have also been destroyed by the shrimp and hotel industry, the cultivation of palm oil and sugarcane, as well as salt fields. According to a FAO study, Central America's mangroves as a whole declined by 35 percent between 1980 and 2005 in terms of hectares. Honduran mangroves decreased by 56 percent, Nicaragua's forests by 37 percent and Panama by 32 percent. Picture taken August 3, 2012. REUTERS/Ulises Rodriguez (EL SALVADOR - Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT BUSINESS) - GM1E8B2054R01
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