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UN pushes energy projects to stop deforestation in the Congo

Forest conservation is a major challenge for the Democratic Republic of Congo, the world’s second biggest green lung after the Amazon, amid a paucity of energy production and renewable alternatives. The country’s massive tropical forest, four times the size of France, covers some 1.55 million square kilometres (600,000 square miles),…

60% of deforested Amazon used for cattle: study

More than 60 percent of deforested areas of the Brazilian Amazon forest are used for grazing cattle, while only five percent is used for agriculture, a new government study said. From research of satellite imagery, Brazilian officials found of the 719,000 square kilometers (277,000 square miles) cleared up to 2008,…

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