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Amazon deforestation accelerates

Date : 29th November 2008, Source : BBC Link to News Story



The destruction of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil has accelerated for the first time in four years, Brazilian officials say. Satellite images show 11,968 sq km of land was cleared in the year to July, nearly 4% higher than the year before. The government said the figure was unsatisfactory but could have been a lot worse if it had not taken action against illegal logging. High commodity prices had allegedly tempted farmers to clear more land. In recent years the Brazilian government has been able to celebrate three successive falls in deforestation.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7756241.stm





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