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#rainforest Amazon deforestation up moderately in August, but forest degradation falls: Mongabay Deforestation in the

#rainforest Amazon deforestation up moderately in August, but forest degradation falls: Mongabay Deforestation in the

Amazon deforestation up moderately in August, but forest degradation falls mongabay.com September 22, 2011 Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon continues to be slightly higher than this time last year, reports a new bulletin from Imazon, a Brazilian NGO. Imazon's near-real time deforestation monitoring system (SAD) detected a 15 percent rise in deforestation this past August relative to August a year ago. Overall 240 square kilometers of forest were cleared. 49 percent of deforestation in August occurred in the state of Pará. Rondônia (19 percent), Mato Grosso (15 percent), and Amazonas (9 percent) followed. Imazon reported a sharp drop in forest degradation over last August, with the area affected by fire, selective logging, and other forms of significant disturbance falling from 1,555 square kilometers to 131 sq km. INPE, Brazil's National Space Agency, is expected to r...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0922-imazon_aug11.html

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