The events in Brazil last year should be a wake-up call that current policies are abjectly failing to stop the tragic loss of primal forest, despite decades of trying. Clearly something radically new is needed, but what?

The inescapable fact is that so long as forests remain attractive to destructive exploitation they will never be safe. If the bio-carnage is ever going to end, this needs to be much better understood. We can start this with a simple question: why do we humans destroy the thing we ultimately rely on for our very survival?

The answer isn’t complicated: it’s because it ...


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