Logging in PNG

June 5, 2008 at 1:33 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

 

updated 1:29 p.m. ET June 2, 2008

SYDNEY, Australia – Papua New Guinea’s tropical forests are being destroyed so quickly by logging, fires and farming that more than half could vanish by 2021, according to a study released Monday.

The loss of the world’s third-largest rain forest would destroy a wealth of unique flora and fauna and deprive the region of a natural defense against global warming, the study by scientists at the University of Papua New Guinea and Australian National University found.

Analyzing three decades of satellite imagery, the researchers found that 19.8 million acres of forest was lost between 1972 and 2002.

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Oh, the shame of it! What can we do about this?
Most of the people who read this blog I’m sure have a great love for PNG and many remember patrolling in beautuful primeval forests. How can we stop this age-old beauty being destroyed?
The whole thing, I must confess, makes me sick. I just think of the destruction taking place at the back of Kaup Village in the Murik Lakes area. The land and environment of old friends, living and dead, being taken away from them. The past Luluai of Kaup Village, Kaiba, would be turning in his grave.
Rotten overseas interests with the connivance of an ignorant and acquisitive local elite are ripping off the country!
Let me know what you think!
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