According to the Water Center for the Humid Tropics of Latin America and the Caribbean, Belize has experienced an accelerated rate of deforestation since 2010. This means that many species of plants and animals can more easily become endangered, or even extinct.
- Using NASA technology, images have been taken of Belize between early 2010 and early 2012 to compare forest cover.
- After analyzing the data, the small country of Belize was found to have lost 25,264 hectares of forest in the past 2 years alone. That is a little larger than the bustling city of Chicago, IL in the United States.
- Compared to 2010’s forest coverage of 62.7%, the now 61.6% coverage shows a more rapid rate of decline as opposed to years past.
- We must work toward saving this rainforest. Many precious species may be lost as a result of this deforestation.
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