A New Deal for Carbon Raises Hopes for Threatened Forests in Madagascar

17 September 2013

An island that broke up from the Indian subcontinent tens of millions of years ago, Madagascar may be the most unique place on the planet, home to rainforests and deserts and beaches, as well as countless species found only within its borders. It’s also one of the most endangered places on the planet. Deforestation has ravaged much of Madagascar, as trees have been cut down to support slash-and-burn agriculture. Less than 10% of the original forest cover remains, in part because there’s always been more market value in chopping down trees than in keeping them standing.

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