Amazon’s arboreal threat

November 23, 2015
Forest on a plateau in a bauxite concession is shown at Nassau Mountains in North Suriname in this handout courtesy of Hans ter Steege taken in 2003.  REUTERS/Hans ter Steege/Handout via Reuters

Forest on a plateau in a bauxite concession is shown at Nassau Mountains in North Suriname in this handout courtesy of Hans ter Steege taken in 2003. REUTERS/Hans ter Steege/Handout via Reuters

The Amazon forest, long an area of concern for conservationists, may be in even more trouble than originally thought. More than half the species of trees in the region are seen as being at risk for extinction, according to a new study. While researchers noted that the rate of deforestation in the Amazon has slowed in the past decade, the roughly 2 million-square-mile area remains under threat.

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