UWA researchers find direct link between land clearing and rainfall reduction

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ABC By: Charlotte Hamlyn, 11/21/2013

A team of water experts has identified a direct link between widespread land clearing and a decline in rainfall in Western Australia's South West region. Researchers from the Centre for Water Research at the University of Western Australia say there is conclusive evidence that extensive logging, which saw 50 per cent of the South West's native forests cleared in the 1960s to 1980s, caused a 16 per cent reduction in rainfall. Honorary Research Fellow Mark Andrich says the findings have prompted calls for urgent reforestation. "Around half of the rainfall decline, at least up until the year 2000, is a result of land clearing," he said.  "By implication it means that if we plant more trees or have more reforestations then there's a likelihood that rainfall could return." He says re-planting native trees would mitigate climate change but it will take some time before it has any impact on rainfall.


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Soy: In the Name of progress (Full Version)

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Published on Jun 22, 2012 by Todd Southgate

Directed by Todd Southgate

A new “soy rush” has been kick- started, and large-scale farm producers from all over Brazil are flocking to the Amazon forest in hopes of striking it rich with this golden crop. Yet all this comes at a price. Communities -- most often those found in the forest -- are often violently expelled from their lands in the wake of this uncontrolled scramble to plant soy.

For Brazil, it’s all in the name of progress. Still, to ask those whom have been chased from their lands and have seen first-hand the ecological wrath which has followed in the wake of soy in the region of Santarem, this new cash crop in the Amazon has brought nothing but destruction and misery.

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Director: Todd Southgate
Producer: Greenpeace


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