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  Amazon deforestation leads to economic boom and bust
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Last EditedRP  Jun 12, 2009 10:10am
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AuthorCatherine Brahic
News DateFriday, June 12, 2009 01:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionAmazon villages that cut down their forest may make a quick buck, but ultimately end up just as poor and low down on the social ladder as when they started out, say researchers. A study of nearly 300 communities in the Brazilian Amazon shows that deforestation leads to social and economic "boom and bust".

Ana Rodrigues of the Centre for Functional and Evolutionary Ecology in Montpellier, France, and colleagues say the Brazilian government needs to find ways of hoisting Amazon communities out of poverty without relying on deforestation.
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