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Cattle ranching goes green in the Brazilian Amazon

In a remote corner of the Brazilian Amazon, farmer Lacir Soares is promoting sustainable cattle rearing that shuns deforestation and meets the environmental requirements of a new forestry law. His venture, supported by the cattle industry and environmentalists, illustrates how things are changing in the Amazon region. Over the past…

Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon spikes sharly after new infrastructure projects, forestry law

Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon is on the rise sharply, sparking alarm over the future of the world’s biggest rainforest. Between June and last August, Imazon, the first independent monitoring system for the area, detected a 100 percent surge in the clearing of land. That’s in stark contrast to last…

Deforestation spikes in Brazilian Amazon by 103 percent

Deforestation has soared in the Brazilian Amazon since a new forestry code was passed last year at the urging of the agribusiness lobby, a non-profit environmental group said Thursday. Between August 2012 and June 2013, 1,838 square kilometers (709 square miles) of forest were lost, a 103 percent hike over…

60% of deforested Amazon used for cattle: study

More than 60 percent of deforested areas of the Brazilian Amazon forest are used for grazing cattle, while only five percent is used for agriculture, a new government study said. From research of satellite imagery, Brazilian officials found of the 719,000 square kilometers (277,000 square miles) cleared up to 2008,…

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