Jaguars still roam the world's largest wetland and endangered Hyacinth Macaws nest in its trees, but advancing farms and industries are destroying Brazil's Pantanal region at an alarming rate. The degradation of the landlocked river delta on the upper Paraguay River which straddles Brazil's borders with Bolivia and Paraguay is a reminder of how economic progress can cause large-scale environmental damage. Less well-known than the Amazon rain forest, the Pantanal harbors a huge fresh water reserve and extraordinary wildlife. The world's largest freshwater wetland, it is almost 10 times the size of Florida's Everglades. (Reuters)

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