Contact: Simon Levey
Imperial College London
Caption: Nearly 17,000 kilometers of road were built in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest every year between 2004 and 2007. Although road-building is a major contributor to deforestation and habitat loss, the way in which road networks develop is still poorly understood. A new study is among the first to measure the number of roads built in a rainforest ecosystem over an extended period of time. It was published this month in the journal Regional Environmental Change by researchers including two Life Scientists from Imperial College London. They say studies like this will help combat future deforestation by allowing for more accurate predictions of where it might occur. Read more: http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/newsandeventspggrp/imperialcollege/newssummary/news_28-10-2013-15-34-2.
Credit: Dr. Toby Gardner
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