Got excellent news about Amazonia this afternoon that I just had to share. Go here to read the article.
Brazil's govenment has set aside a total 37 million acres of rainforest (that's roughly the area of Illinois) for conservation in seven different areas in the state of Para, Brazil. This is more land than has ever been set aside as conservation land at one time ever before. Wonderful, wonderful news! These areas are added to the millions of acres which have already been set aside. To see a map of the area, follow the link above and look to the lower, right-hand side of the screen.