Paved Road to Pierce Heart of the Amazon
The Brazilian environmental agency has granted a license to pave BR-163 – the 1,100 mile long north-south highway which cuts through the Amazon. This is certain to increase deforestation in the mighty Amazon rainforest, 17% of which has been deforested over the last four decades. Three-quarters of this deforestation has occurred within 30 miles of paved roads. This is the beginning of the end of the Amazon as a large unfragmented whole, and its ability to maintain its biodiversity and global planetary ecosystem services.