Damage to the Amazon rain forest has been greatly under-estimated by 60% – 120%. Secretive selective logging under the forest canopy to hide the evidence has finally been detected by new high resolution satellite imagery.. New satellite images show that “selective logging,” by which prized trees are singled out and felled, poses a far bigger threat to the Earth’s largest tropical forest than previously believed.
Photograph courtesy Gregory P. Asner/Carnegie Institution of Washington.
The damage is extensive, with an area the size of Connecticut being disturbed annually.
The rush to destroy the world’s remaining natural resources of course, doesn’t end there. The few bits of natural prairie remaining in Iowa stands 6 ft. above the surrounding farmed land, graphically representing a unbelievably gigantic soil loss.
Driven by the need for wealth, agriculture, logging and resource extraction are rapidly destroying what little remains.
Plato wrote of his country’s farmlands:
What now remains of the formerly rich land is like the skeleton of a sick man…. Formerly, many of the mountains were arable. The plains that were full of rich soil are now marshes. Hills that were once covered with forests and produced abundant pasture now produce only food for bees. Once the land was enriched by yearly rains, which were not lost, as they are now, by flowing from the bare land into the sea. The soil was deep, it absorbed and kept the water in loamy soil, and the water that soaked into the hills fed springs and running streams everywhere. Now the abandoned shrines at spots where formerly there were springs attest that our description of the land is true.
Yet, modern and ancient warnings of planetary depletion and resource destruction are still being ignored by the world’s citizens centuries later, who captivated by commerialism and materialism, plunder ahead like unkillable zombies from a d-rated horror flick. Continue reading »