11 Jan '12, 11pm

Peruvian smugglers traffic illegal rainforest timber from Brazil to America via @mongabay

Colonization program remains important driver of deforestation in Brazil (01/10/2012) Government-subsidized colonization of the Amazon rainforest remains an important driver of forest loss in Brazil, but has mixed economic value, argues a paper published in Biological Conservation . As Amazon deforestation falls, food production rises (01/09/2012) A sharp drop in deforestation has been accompanied by an increase in food production in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso, reports a new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science . The research argues that policy interventions, combined with pressure from environmental groups, have encouraged agricultural expansion in already-deforested areas, rather than driving new forest clearing. Brazil passes controversial Forest Code reform environmentalists say will be 'a disaster' for the Amazon (12/06...

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