Only huge political will can save the Amazon and, with it, the ...

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Only huge political will can save the Amazon and, with it, the planet

Biodiversity guru says stopping deforestation requires corporates with green goals and a leadership change

Laurie Goering

When US biologist Thomas Lovejoy first arrived in the Brazilian Amazon in 1965, the jungle, about the size of the continental US and then 97% intact, stretched to the horizons.

More than a half-century later,  a fifth of the lush rainforest is gone, felled or burnt largely for cattle ranches, soy crops, timber and mining, and many remaining parts are increasingly fragmented, forest experts say.

Scientists warn the destruction is pushing perilously close to a predicted tipping point of 20 to 25% losses that could set the forest on an irreversible path to becoming a grassy savannah, spurring runaway climate change and huge species extinctions...

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