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Roads have a significant negative impact on the rainforests of the world. Roads cause destruction both directly, because trees are cut down in order to build roads, and indirectly, because roads lead to widespread development. Logging, mining, grazing, and population explosions all often follow after roads are built, and all of these activities have a devastating effect on the rainforests. [more]

Roads Topics:

Roads Links:

  • Deforestation and Development in Amazonia - Smithsonian briefing on the impact of the BR-364 highway through the Brazilian Amazon.
  • Pan-American Highway and the Environment - Case study from American University's Trade and Environment Database (TED).
  • Peru's Transoceanic Highway and the Rainforest - NPR/National Geographic Society report on the effects of road building in the Peruvian Amazon.
  • Vietnam: Road-building threatens Phong Nha Nature Reserve - Article from the World Rainforest Movement bulletin.

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