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New study says deforestation has darkened coastal waters of Belize

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Posted: Wednesday, June 9, 2021. 9:25 am CST.

By Zoila Palma: A new study done by the University of Southampton has indicated that deforestation is the cause of darkened coastal waters of Belize, Earth.com reports.

According to the report, experts have linked the clearing of tropical forest to the darker waters off the coast of Belize.

Researchers reportedly investigated the effects of deforestation on the coastal environment and tracked the material that flowed into rivers to water off the coast of Belize.

The study’s lead author, Stacey Felgate noted that Belize is experiencing a rapid rate of deforestation due to increasing need for agricultural and urban land.

This is while Belize’s economy relies on fishing and tourism.

“Despite this, there has been very little research into the impact that changing land-use at such a fast pace is having on the region’s coastal ecosystems,” Felgate said.

The study found that more colored material is running off into rivers from land used for farming compared to land that is forested.

The study also noted that the findings are not unique to Belize, but particularly for coastal developing countries where deforestation is ongoing.

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