Amazon deforestation declined in last year

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Amazon deforestation. Photo courtesy of NASA.

Amazon deforestation has declined by 18% over the last year. An estimated 1,870 square miles of rain forest were destroyed between August 2013 and July 2014, down from 2,275 sq. miles over the same period the year before. A new conservation bill is credited with helping to reduce deforestation. Despite the apparent gains in the reduction of rain forest loss, environmentalist are sounding the alarm that deforestation may be on an upswing. Conservation of the rain forest directly affects the native habitats of many cichlid species popular in the hobby. Runoff from deforestation and chemicals used in the subsequent farming surrounding the river have resulted in drops of native species. For more information on declines in the Amazon rain forest, visit the articles on Mongabay.com and TheGuardian.com.

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