01 Jul '11, 1am

Amazon deforestation rising ~ ~ #redd #rainforests #reforestation

Amazon deforestation rising ~ ~ #redd #rainforests #reforestation

Brazilian government: Amazon deforestation rising mongabay.com June 30, 2011 Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon, November 2009-May 2010 vs November 2010-May 2011 (sq km). Background image: deforestation near Itaituba, Brazil. Courtesy of Google Earth Satellite data released today by the Brazilian government confirmed a rise in Amazon deforestation over this time last year. Brazil's National Institute for Space Research (INPE) says that deforestation during the month of May amounted to 268 square miles, a rise of 144 percent over May 2010. 35 percent of the clearing occurred in Mato Grosso, the state where agricultural expansion is fast-occurring. INPE's announcement comes two weeks after Imazon, an NGO, said deforestation in May 2011 was 72 percent higher over May 2010 . The discrepancy in the estimates result of different methodologies in analyzing satellite data. Both...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0630-amazon_inpe_may11.html

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