The loss of rain forest – bad news disguised as good news.

Sometimes bad news is announces as good news. An example is the latest news about the destruction of the Amazon rain forest in Brazil. The rate of destruction has fallen by 27%, which means that “only” 4,600 square kilometres have been lost in the twelve months ending in July 2012, compared with 6,000 square kilometres the previous year. For small mercies we should give thanks but this is not a small mercy, but simply a statement that we are permanently destroying less of the rain forest now than we did a year ago. Continue reading

The madness of the destruction of tropical forests

Fifty years ago if you saw the most up to date land use map of the world, you would see huge swathes of land coloured dark green. There was dark green in the shape of a very large inverted “L” stretching around the Western part of equatorial Africa, and around the whole Amazon basin of South America. To the north and south of the land coloured dark green was a large strip of lighter green land, and beyond that the land was coloured, in the case of Africa, yellow. Continue reading