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Bolivia’s surging deforestation alarms environmentalists

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Satellite photo of land deforested for agriculture in the Chiquitania region of Bolivia

NASA Earth Observatory/Lauren Dauphin/Landsat/UGS

The area of virgin forest cleared in Bolivia jumped 32 per cent last year, fuelling concerns that government-backed deforestation could jeopardise efforts to save the Amazon.

The rate of tree clearing is now so high that Bolivia accounts for 9 per cent of all of the primary forest lost across the globe. Only Brazil and the Democratic Republic of the Congo — which are eight and two times larger than Bolivia respectively — lost more primary forest in …



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