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Environmental, Campaign & Website News > 37,000 sq km of Amazon rainforest destroyed or damaged in 2008

37,000 sq km of Amazon rainforest destroyed or damaged in 2008

Date : 19th March 2009, Source : Mongabay



New satellite system provides a more detailed look at forest degradation and may help Brazil stop deforestation before it occurs. Logging and fires damaged nearly 25,000 square kilometers (9,650 square miles) of Amazon rainforest in the August 2007-July 2008 period, an increase of 67 percent over the prior year period, according to a new mapping system developed by Brazil's National Institute for Space Research (INPE). The damage comes on top of the nearly 12,000 sq km (4,600 sq mi) of rainforest that was cleared during the year.

http://news.mongabay.com/2009/0319-brazil_inpe_degrad.html





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