The destruction of Gran Chaco, forgotten sister of the Amazon rainforest – podcast | Science


From deep inside Gran Chaco, a dry tropical forest in Argentina one and a half instances the scale of California, comes a wake-up name for the world’s forests. We’ve misplaced greater than a fifth of this extremely biodiverse area since 1985. And it’s simply one in all many treasured carbon-trapping ecosystems being misplaced to unrelenting deforestation.

Six months in the past in Glasgow, world leaders at Cop26 pledged to finish and reverse deforestation by 2030. Whereas destruction continues apace in Brazil and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, different international locations reminiscent of Indonesia provide glimmers of hope.

Madeleine Finlay speaks to biodiversity reporter Patrick Greenfield about what his journey to Gran Chaco confirmed him, what’s at stake around the globe, and what’s wanted to show issues round

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