07 Dec '11, 6am

BAD NEWS: #Brazil passes controversial Forest Code environmentalists call 'disaster' for Amazon #rainforest

Amazon rainforest loss in Brazil drops to lowest ever reported (12/05/2011) Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon fell to the lowest level on record between August 2010 and July 2011 according to preliminary data from Brazil's National Institute of Space Research (INPE). Deforestation and forest degradation slows in Brazil's Amazon since August (12/02/2011) 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. Imazon's near-real time system found that 512 sq km of rainforest were cleared between Aug 2011 and Oct 2011, the first three months of the deforestation calendar year, which runs from August 1 through July 31. The figure represents a 4 percent decline from the 533 sq km cleared in 2010 Brazil plans $120 billion in infrastructure ...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/1207-forest_code_passed.html

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