27 Apr '15, 1am

via @mongabay

via @mongabay

Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon — the planet's largest rainforest — continues to pace well ahead of last year's rate, reveals data released by Imazon, a Manaus-based nonprofit. According to Imazon's analysis of satellite data, March 2015 was the eleventh consecutive month that forest loss increased relative to a year earlier. March 2015's loss of 58 square kilometers (14,300 acres) was 190 percent higher than March 2014. November through April is typically a period of low deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon due to heavy rainfall. Detection during those months is also difficult due to high levels of cloud cover. Deforestation typically peaks during the dry season from July through September or October. Brazil measures annual deforestation for the year ending July 31, when cloud cover is at a minimum. The monthly data from Imazon — generated via the "SAD" system — is...

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