Spanning over seven million square kilometers throughout nine countries, the Amazon Basin, the world’s largest tropical rainforest, is home to nearly half of the earth’s species and holds one-fifth of all its fresh water. It is estimated that somewhere between 10 and 20 percent of the Amazon rainforest has already been destroyed.
But in a new report released this week, environmentalists charge that the destruction of the Amazon rainforest has dramatically increased in recent years.
• Atossa Soltani, the director of Amazon Watch and one of the authors of a new report, Arteries for Global Trade: Consequences for Amazonia, on large infrastructure projects that are threatening millions of acres of rainforest and indigenous areas.
• Prathap Chatterjee, an environmental reporter with Inter Press Service Third World News Agency. He’s spent much of the last six months in the Amazon region, mostly in Peru and Brazil.