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Bird Life International: The on-going conversion of tropical habitats to cropland could jeopardise global efforts to halt the loss of biodiversity

A new report in the journal PLOS ONE reveals the alarming rate at which tropical habitats are being cleared to make way for crops. The scale of habitat conversion predicted in the biodiversity-rich tropics could seriously undermine society’s capacity to meet internationally-agreed conservation targets… Researchers from the Cambridge Conservation Initiative—including scientists from BirdLife International and the RSPB (BirdLife in the UK)—found that cropland had expanded by c. 48,000 km2 per year from 1999–2008, with much new cropland being added in Nigeria, Indonesia, Ethiopia, Sudan and Brazil…”

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