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Brazil Amazon deforestation rose 28 pct in past year | GlobalPost

Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon region rose 28 percent over the past year, Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira said Thursday, announcing she was calling an emergency meeting to try to remedy the situation. “We confirm a 28-percent increase in the rate of deforestation, reaching 5,843 square kilometers (2256 square miles),” Teixeira told a press conference, citing provisional statistics for August 2012 through ...

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ENN Original news: Brazil forms special environmental security force to combat spike in deforestation

Brazil will set up a special environmental security force in an effort to stem rising deforestation in the Amazon rainforest, reports AFP. In a statement, Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira said the new body will be backed by the army, the federal police and the Brazilian Environment Institution (IBAMA). The force will be charged with permanent surveillance of the Amazon. For ...

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Amazon deforestation at record low, data shows | guardian.co.uk

Using satellite imagery, the institute said 6,418 sq km of Amazon forest was stripped in the 12 months before 31 July 2011 – the smallest area since annual measurements started in 1988. The data continues an encouraging trend. Since the peak deforestation year of 2004, the rates of clearance have fallen by almost 75%. “This reduction is impressive; it is ...

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‘They’re killing us’: world’s most endangered tribe cries for help | The Observer

Trundling along the dirt roads of the Amazon, the giant logging lorry dwarfed the vehicle of the investigators following it. The trunks of nine huge trees were piled high on the back – incontrovertible proof of the continuing destruction of the world’s greatest rainforest and its most endangered tribe, the Awá. Yet as they travelled through the jungle early this ...

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Brazil’s Deforestation Quagmire | Truthout

In the last few weeks, a series of major events has signaled the urgent need for constructive change to Brazil’s current policies regarding the Amazon rainforest. On May 19, 2011, Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE) released satellite images indicating that deforestation increased from 103 km2 in March and April 2010 to 593 km2 in the same period of ...

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