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"Slavery goes hand in hand with deforestation"

Deforestation in the Amazon is closely linked to land raids, killings and slavery. Independent grave journalists are working to get to the bottom of who is profiting on the destruction of the world's most important ecosystem.

«Det er soya og biff som er hovedårsakene til avskogingen i Amazonas,» sier journalisten Stefano Wrobleski. Han og avisen InfoAmazonia bruker satellittdata fra NASA for å skaffe seg oversikt over omfanget av avskogingen i Amazonas. I 2004 iverksatte regjeringen en handlingsplan mot avskoging, hvor ett av tiltakene var å overvåke utviklingen via satellittbilder. Siden da har avskogingen vært nedadgående, men ifølge InfoAmazonias foreløpige beregninger for 2015 er trenden på vei oppover igjen. «Problemet er oppløsningen på satellittbildene,» forklarer Wrobleski til Ny Tid. «Man oppdager ikke avskoging som er mindre enn 6,25 . . .

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Tori Aarseth
Aarseth is a political scientist and a regular journalist at Ny Tid.

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