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Brazil deforestation drops to lowest level since 1980s

Date : 13th November 2009, Source : The Telegraph (UK)

On the eve of vital climate change talks in Copenhagen, Brazil has announced a reduction in Amazon deforestation to its lowest level since the 1980s. Some 7,008 square kilometres of trees were cut down in the year to July, 45.7 per cent down on the previous year's figure and a quarter of the 2004 level, according to government figures. The number was the lowest annual figure since 1988 when Brazil started measuring annual deforestation. It is a hugely significant figure because tropical deforestation accounts for more carbon dioxide emissions than all the emissions from cars, planes, boats and planes combined.

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