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Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon up 15 percent

BRASILIA — Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon increased by 15 percent during the past 12 months, the National Institute for Space Research (INPE) said. From July 2010 to July 2011 the vast South American rainforest lost 2,654 square kilometers (1,649 square miles) of vegetation in the states of Mato Grosso and…

Two environmentalists gunned down in Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO — A husband and wife team of environmentalists have been killed by gunmen in Brazil’s northern Amazon state of Para, one of the most restive regions in the country due to land disputes, officials said Wednesday. Brazilian President, Dilma Rousseff ordered an immediate federal investigation to find…

Amazon deforestation increases six-fold

BRASILIA (AFP) – A sharp increase in forest destruction in March and April in the Amazon has led Brazil to announce the creation of an emergency task force to fight against deforestation. The two-month total of 593 square kilometers (368 square miles) deforested represents a six-fold increase compared to the…

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