Bitching Brew

Friday, October 21, 2005

Go see the Amazon - before it's too late.

The National Geographic reports that the Amazon rainforest is being destroyed at twice the rate previously suspected. Ecologist Greg Asner: "We discovered that annually an area the size of Connecticut is disturbed this way." Wonderful news. Just wonderful.

Did you know that the New Forest is the largest medieval forest in Western Europe? At the rate things are going, it'll be the largest forest west of the Caucacus. Thankfully, there are plenty of protected woodlands in North America. For the moment.

Take your kids to the Amazon. Trample on the flora, roast some fauna, bring some natural souvenirs home with you. It makes no difference. It'll be gone in a few decades anyway. An entire ecosystem, covering a quarter of a continent. Extinct.

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