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Deforestation: it makes you sick, doesn’t it?

Posted on behalf of Emma Marris. If you were consoled by the news last year that the tropical rainforests are growing back, and that these new forests are “almost as biodiverse as untouched forest”, prepare to be unconsoled. Even as those secondary forests are growing back, forests both old and new continue to be cut down. And this deforestation is not only driving species extinct and emitting lots of climate-changing carbon dioxide, it is also increasing malaria rates in deforested areas. Researchers looked at satellite imagery of forest cover in Acre, Brazil, along with reports from health workers there. They 

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