Deforestration Threatens Pandas... and Fighters

Deforestration is threatening not only rare animals, but also bamboo plants, the source of the world's rattan, according to a report by the United Nations Environment Program. A joint report released recently by the United Nations Environment Program and the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan says that deforestration is a major threat to many of the world's rarest animals, including pandas and gorillas, but it also hurting the bamboo and rattan industry.

"There are about 1,200 species of bamboo in the world and we think about a third of those may be threatened by the reduction of forest habitat within their ranges," says Valerie Kapos, co-author of the study and ecologist at the U.N. Environment Program World Monitoring Center in Cambridge, England.

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