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Amazon tree-cutting continues apace

Date : 19th October 2007, Source : Newsweek

Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva prides himself on his green credentials. From Brasília to Brazzaville he stumps for "clean energy," touting his country's prowess in hydroelectric power and renewable biofuels. He appointed a "special ambassador for climate change" and then challenged world leaders last month at the United Nations General Assembly to gather in Brazil to renew their commitment to lowering greenhouse gases in 2012, when the Kyoto agreement expires. Recently he's even turned up the heat on developing nations, arguing that "developing countries must also help fight climate change." What's allowed him to stand on this green soapbox is his record on the Amazon rain forest: deforestation has plunged on his watch. But Brazil's own scientists now say that the rate of deforestation has spiked again. After poring over hundreds of precision images beamed from satellites orbiting high over the Amazon, on October 17 scientists at the country's National Institute for Space Research (INPE) reported an eight percent rise in deforestation from June to October 2007 compared with the same period a year ago. The felling reached fever pitch last month, more than doubling the rate for Sept. 2006 for the entire region, and rising a startling 602 percent in the booming cattle and farming state of Rondônia.

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