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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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Solutions to Tropical Deforestation Report Series | Union of Concerned Scientists

Report series shows how consumers, businesses, and policy makers can help stop the destruction of tropical forests In the twenty-first century, large agricultural industries such as palm oil, soybeans, beef, and timber have become the major forces driving tropical deforestation. Their products are consumed worldwide and traded internationally in increasing large amounts. The demand for them comes from consumers and ...

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Amazon deforestation falls again | guardian.co.uk

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 ...

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Brazil’s blueprint for reforestation | The Guardian

The misty forests of Miguel Pereira, just two hours drive from Rio’s Copacabana beaches, show the scars of development. Over the past century, this part of the Atlantic forest has experienced three waves of development – logging, coffee plantations and cattle ranching – each of which ran down the environment a step further. By 2008, there was almost nothing left ...

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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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Nearly 100 bird species face increased risk of extinction in the Amazon | guardian.co.uk

Deforestation causing loss of habitat across the region, as vulture numbers decline in Africa and long-tailed ducks disappear from Europe Fiona Harvey, environment correspondent Birds in the Amazon are under increasing threat from deforestation, while large populations of duck have disappeared from northern Europe, and vultures are under intensifying attack in Africa, according to the latest survey of the world’s ...

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Brazilian leader Rousseff’s pardon for illegal deforesters condemned | guardian.co.uk

Attack on president’s environmental credentials comes weeks before she is due to host Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro Jonathan Watts, Rio de Janeiro A coalition of Brazil’s leading conservation groups have condemned the country’s president Dilma Rousseff for pardoning illegal deforesters, weakening protection of the Amazon and rowing back on efforts to recover land that has been cleared of ...

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