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Deforestation in Brazil's Amazon continues to rise; clearing highest near Belo Monte dam site

Deforestation in Brazil's Amazon continues to rise; clearing highest near Belo Monte dam site

Deforestation in Brazil's Amazon continues to rise; clearing highest near Belo Monte dam site mongabay.com June 17, 2011 Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon from August 2009-May 2011. Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon continued to rise as Brazil's Congress weighed a bill that would weaken the country's Forest Code, according to new analysis by Imazon. Imazon's near-real time deforestation tracking system found that 165 square kilometers (103 square miles) of forest was cleared last month, a 72 percent rise over May 2010. Accumulated deforestation in the period from August 2010 to May 2011 amounted to 1,435 sq km (1090 sq km), an increase of 24 percent over the same time-frame a year earlier. Deforestation in Brazil is typically measured on a calendar year ending in July, when cloud cover in the region is at a low point. Deforestation usually peaks in the Brazil Amazo...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0617-imazon_2011.html

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