Research based on the FAO’s Global Forest Resource Assessment 2010 calculates that the annual loss of tropical forest cover in the decade to 2010 has been 9.3 million hectares, an area larger than Scotland.

The root cause of deforestation is the failure of the world’s market economy to award any value to the intrinsic environmental assets of the rainforest. This malfunction contrasts with the rocketing prices of timber, paper, furniture, minerals, fossil fuels, meat, cosmetics...

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