Annual net change in forest area (1990 - 2015)

According to the Brazilian state environmental research institute INPE, the Amazon rainforest has lost nearly 8,000 square kilometers between August 2015 and July 2016 - that's more than five times the area of London.

While still on the topic of impressive numbers, the rate of Amazon deforestation in 2016 has increased 29 percent compared to 2015 - and this is the greatest reported forest loss since 2008.

On the bright side: the current deforestation level still represents a reduction of 71 percent compared to 2004.

Annual net change in forest area (1990 - 2015)

World forest annual net loss

Deforestation trend in the Amazon rainforest

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Alex E

Ecoclimax is defined by Odum (1969) as the culmination state after a succession in a stabilized ecosystem in which maximum biomass (or high information content) and symbiotic function among organisms is kept per unit of available energy flow.