Deforestation-neutral mining? Madagascar study shows it can be done, but it’s complicated

Deforestation-neutral mining? Madagascar study shows it can be done, but it’s complicated

The Ambatovy nickel mine located in a biodiversity-rich Madagascar rainforest made up for the forest lost due to its operation, a recent study in Nature Sustainability concluded. The mine operators did so by reducing deforestation rates in nearby areas designated as “biodiversity offsets.” There are at least 6,000 large mining projects that impinge on forests […]

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Slash-and-burn farming eats away at a Madagascar haven for endangered lemurs, frogs

Slash-and-burn farming eats away at a Madagascar haven for endangered lemurs, frogs

Deforestation is so rampant throughout Madagascar, an island far larger than California, that it’s easy to forget the impact of tree clearance in any one specific area of the country — the lemurs that lose their habitats, the orchids that no longer bloom, the people whose land becomes barren. But recent activity in the Ankeniheny-Zahamena […]

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