02 Dec '11, 7pm

Deforestation and forest degradation down in the Brazilian Amazon since August

Deforestation and forest degradation slows in Brazil's Amazon since August Rhett A. Butler, mongabay.com December 02, 2011 Deforestation and forest degradation are down moderately from August through October 2011 relative to the same period a year ago, reports a satellite-based assessment released today by Imazon, a Brazilian group. Imazon's near-real time system, which tracks change in forest plots 25 hectares (62 acres) or larger, found that 512 square kilometers of rainforest were cleared between August 2011 and October 2011, the first three months of the deforestation calendar year, which runs from August 1 through July 31 to coincide with the dry season when it is easiest to measure forest cover. The figure represents a 4 percent decline from the 533 square kilometers cleared in 2010. Imazon's system also tracks forest degradation — including logging and fire damage —...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/1202-amazon_deforestation_o...

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