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Biodiversity up in Smoke

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Biodiversity up in Smoke

Conservation International reports that wildland fires in Madagascar are on the rise: September, October, and November saw a 8% spike in ignitions compared to the same period the year before.

Rhett A. Butler at WildMadagascar.org attributes the rise in ignitions to an especially dry year as well as continued illegal logging. Madagascar is known for its incredibly rich biodiversity. 70% of the species endemic to the island are found no where else on earth.

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Photo credit Jean-Louis Vandeviere via Creative Commons

Chart credit Mongobay.com

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