19 May '11, 4pm

Brazil deforestation escalates as nation debates easing forest code #amazon #deforestation #brazil

19 May 2011: Brazil Deforestation Escalates as Nation Debates Easing Forest Code Satellite photographs reveal that deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon has intensified significantly during the last two months, a trend environmental advocates say is linked to an ongoing national debate Click to enlarge Mongabay Forest loss by state, 2009-2011 over easing forest protection laws. According to Brazil’s National Space Research Agency, about 593 square kilometers of forest was cleared during March and April, compared to just 103 square kilometers in March and April 2010. Eighty-one percent of the recent clearing occurred in Mato Grosso, the nation’s southernmost state and a center of soybean production. The steep rise in forest loss stands in stark contrast to recent trends in Brazil, where annual deforestation had fallen almost 80 percent since 2004. Some say the recent defore...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/digest/brazil_deforestation_escalate...

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