Author: VOA Learning English

Mennonite farming communities in southern Mexico are becoming a concern for the Mexican government. They are clearing areas of the Maya Forest, the largest tropical forest in North America. Mennonites are Christians who live a simple life and reject some modern technology, including cars, televisions, radios and other electronic devices. Global Forest Watch is a non-profit organization that looks at deforestation. It said the Maya Forest is shrinking every year by nearly 900 square kilometers. The Mennonites say that expanding their farms to provide a simple life for their families is the will of God. Isaak Dyck Thiessen is a…

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A recent study says illegal loggers have destroyed about 18,500 square kilometers of public forests over the past six years in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest. But, the study says, the nation’s Federal Police do not investigate the loss enough. The wood cutting took place in state and federal forests that are “unallocated.” That means they are neither part of a national park nor are they considered native territories. Official data says the Brazilian Amazon has about 580,000 square kilometers of unallocated forest. That is an area almost the size of Ukraine. The public forests have become a target for criminals…

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Satellite images suggest that deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon hit record levels in the first half of 2022. The images were recorded between January and June. They show about 4,000 square kilometers of new destruction. That is more destruction than has been measured in any six-month period during the seven years Brazil has been keeping such records. The information confirms that deforestation is continually happening during the rainy season. Deforestation is historically higher in the second half of the year – when it is drier and people can travel more easily in the Amazon. Brazil also is set to hold…

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