Commercial Logging

The biggest impact on forests comes from major logging, mining, cattle-grazing and road-building projects. But local communities also contribute to deforestation from economic necessity. Mayan families use open pit fires inside the home for cooking and heating. Women spend hours each day gathering firewood. Burning this wood contributes to global-warming, and high concentrations of carbon monoxide and particulate matter within the home, leading to respiratory damage and loss of sight.

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