Conservation News: 80% of Rainforests in Malaysian Borneo Logged

Bulldozer at a conventional logging site in Borneo.  Photo courtesy of mongabay.com
Bulldozer at a conventional logging site in Borneo. Photo courtesy of mongabay.com

by Rhett A. Butler for Mongabay.com

80 percent of the rainforests in Malaysian Borneo have been heavily impacted by logging, finds a comprehensive study that offers  the first assessment of the  spread of industrial logging and logging roads across areas that were  considered some of Earth’s wildest lands less than 30 years ago.

The  research, conducted by a team of scientists from the University of Tasmania,  University of Papua New Guinea, and the Carnegie Institution for Science, is  based on analysis of satellite data using Carnegie Landsat Analysis System-lite  (CLASlite), a freely available platform for measuring deforestation and forest  degradation. It estimated the state of the region’s forests as of 2009.

This excerpt from a news story appeared in and is courtesy of Mongabay.com.  To read the full article please click http://news.mongabay.com/2013/0717-borneo-rainforest-logging.html#C0BEyOwKiYLCR2b0.99

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  1. Something needs to be done to avoid this deforestation, like re-planting tress and curbing excessive or illegal logging.

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