Deforestation in Africa's Congo Basin rainforest slows

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Mon July 22, 2013

Deforestation in Africa's Congo Basin rainforest slows

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Tree loss in one of the world's largest rainforests has slowed, a study suggests.
Tree loss in one of the world's largest rainforests has slowed, a study suggests. Satellite images of Africa's Congo Basin reveal that deforestation has fallen by about a third since 2000. Researchers believe this is partly because of a focus on mining and oil rather than commercial agriculture, where swathes of forest are cleared.