Saturday, 12 March 2011

Conservation expert issues warning over Sumatra rainforest

Wildlife, ecology and conservation expert Jeff Corwin has warned that the rainforests on the Indonesian island of Sumatra will disappear in less than a decade if deforestation continues at its current rate.

Deforestation is threatening wildlife across the globe

In a talk on protecting endangered species at Monroe Community College in Michigan, Mr Corwin said that the situation appears bleak, as global deforestation sees a mass of plants, trees and animals the size of the UK cut down every hour, the Agora reports.

He stated that 60 per cent of all life resides in rainforests and that humans harvest 40 per cent of medicines from them.

"We know that we are about nine and a half years from all forests being gone on Sumatra," Mr Corwin told delegates.

He pointed out that chopping trees down releases carbon into the atmosphere and holds ambient heat in, which then radiates down on the planet.

One country stepping up its efforts to stop deforestation is Nepal.

Information minister Shankar Pokharel told AFP recently that four officials have been suspended amid reports that widespread illegal logging has seen more than 100,000 hectares destroyed in the last couple of months.

Written by Carolina Oberoi


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