Data from satellite images shows 23% reduction in deforestation from August 2011 to July 2012 against the previous year
by Adam Vaughan
Deforestation in the Amazon rainforest has fallen again in the past 12 months, according to preliminary data published by Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research.
The reduction follows the passing of Brazil’s Forest Code in April, which green campaigners say weakened forest protection measurements, despite a partial veto by president Dilma Rouseff of the most controversial elements.
Data from satellite images shows a 23% reduction in deforestation from August 2011 to July 2012 against the previous year, with 2,049 sq km being cleared compared with 2,679 sq km in the previous 12 months.
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