The world’s highest rates of deforestation, a key factor to rising atmospheric CO2 levels and subsequent climate change, are occurring in the emerging economies of Brazil, Indonesia and Nigeria, according to research released earlier this month by risk analysis and mapping company Maplecroft.
Maplecroft’s new Deforestation Index concludes that economic growth, poverty, corruption and the rise of biofuels are among the major causes of deforestation in nine countries which Maplecroft now classifies as “extreme risk.”
These endangered nations are:
3 North Korea
5 Papua New Guinea
6 Democratic Republic of Congo
The report also details specific challenges faced by different countries.
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