Brazil: Mata Atlântica Records Highest Rate of Deforestation Since 2008

Posted on June 4, 2013 • Filed under: Brazil, Enviromental Issues

On June 4, 2013, Globo announced a report by the National Institute for Space Research and the non-governmental organization SOS Mata Atlântica, that deforestation in the Mata Atlântica (Atlantic Forest), has been at its highest since 2008. Between 2011 and 2012, 235 km ² of forest was removed for infrastructure projects. The states of Minas Gerais, Bahia, Piauí and Paraná are considered the most threatened due to vegetation. Deforestation in Minas Gerais increased by 70% compared to the previous period recorded. Mata Atlântica is one of the richest areas in biodiversity as 60% of its plant species are only regional to the area. Read Article

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