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depleting burma




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setting foot into burma is like entering another world frozen in time.
thirty year-old cars sputter exhaust along the street, electricity only runs
during certain hours of the day, and crumbling colonial-style buildings
deteriorate under the repressive military regime. under these conditions,
however,the country’s forests have remained relatively intact. that is, until now.

 

rich in natural resources, burma has become a target for “neighboring
countries that already massively depleted their own, or want to protect
what they’ve got [left]” says environmental analyst “green steve.” what
“green steve” (who asked me not to use his real name) is referring to is the
rapid clearing of forest and harvesting of exotic animals in burma. the trend,
largely the result of china’s rampant economic growth, is only expected
to increase.