Andrew Heath, A Silver Lining in the Cloud Forest, The Solutions Journal, Volume 4, Issue 4, August 2013, Pages 19-21 ( Abstract: Around 150,000 square kilometers of tropical rainforest—equivalent to the combined size of England and Wales—is destroyed each year. The consequences are devastating, from the loss of critical biodiversity and environmental services, to the emission of greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming. An August 2012 report jointly commissioned by the UK and Norwegian governments found that agriculture causes around 80 percent of deforestation around the world. Subsistence farming carried out by families living on the poverty line remains one of the key components of agricultural destruction.1 This farming is often accompanied by slash and burn, in which the poor quality of soil forces farmers to clear new areas of land every two or three years in order to continue growing crops. (Other forces, like commercial logging and timber collection, tend to be the key drivers of forest degradation.) The report also found that the central indirect drivers of forest … Topics: Conservation; Sustainability