More Than Half Of Amazonian Tree Species Face Extinction
According to research published in the journal Science Advances, up to 57 percent of the Amazon's tree species are at risk from deforestation.By Ethan Weston | November 21, 2015
A new study has found more than half of all tree species in the Amazon could be facing extinction if deforestation trends continue.
Researchers looked at 15,000 tree species, including trees important to local economies like the cacao, acai palm and many other rare trees that made up about two-thirds of the species studied.
They found that 36 to 57 percent of the Amazon's tree species could already be considered threatened.