Thursday, December 02, 2004

Oxygen isn't the only thing we lose to deforestation

Standing forests provide all kinds of benefits to us, but perhaps the clearest impact is water and soil retention. Floods and landslides triggered by heavy rainfall on denuded hillls in the Philippines this week killed 340 people. Perhaps another 150 are missing and thought to be dead. Decades of illegal logging led to the latest tragedy. The country is losing almost 250,000 acres of forest each year.

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