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Threats to the Amazon

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The Amazon forest is a landmass greater than the United States west of the Mississippi . It has the richest diversity of plant and animal species on the planet, and over 20 million people now live in the Amazon Basin.

Cattle farming, development, and infrastructure creation has resulted in the deforestation of millions of acres of rainforest over the past few decades. Politicians, developers and environmentalists all clash over the future of the Amazon Basin .

Mark London is an attorney in Washington and Brian Kelly is the executive editor of U.S. News & World Report.

Twenty years ago they wrote the book, Amazon, and they returned to the region recently to co-author,  The Last Forest: The Amazon in the Age of Globalization.

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