Brazil: Amazon Deforestation Jumps 29%

Posted on September 11, 2014 • Filed under: Brazil, Crime, Enviromental Issues

Amazon deforestation jumps 29% reported satellite figures show surge in deforestation, as agriculture expands in states of Para and Mato Grosso
The destruction of the world’s largest rainforest accelerated last year with a 29% spike in deforestation, according to final figures released by the Brazilian government on Wednesday that confirmed a reversal in gains seen since 2009.

Satellite data for the 12 months through the end of July 2013 showed that 5,891 sq km of forest were cleared in the Brazilian Amazon, an area half the size of Puerto Rico. Read Article

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