22 Sep '12, 1am

Amazon deforestation jumps in August

Amazon deforestation jumps in August

mongabay.com September 22, 2012 Monthly DETER deforestation data from INPE since August 2008. Augusts denoted by orange. Satellite imagery released by the Brazil's National Space Research Institute (INPE) reveals a sharp jump in deforestation during the month of August. The new data, released with little fanfare and without the usual press release on INPE's homepage, was first highlighted by O Eco , a Brazilian environmental news site. Some 522 sq km of Amazon rainforest was cleared in the month of August, an increase of 220 percent over August a year ago, according to INPE's near-real time deforestation detection system DETER. Clearing was concentrated in Pará (44 percent) and Mato Grosso (40 percent), two states where the bulk of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon has occurred over the past thirty years. The monthly forest loss is the highest recorded since July 2009 ...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0921-brazil_aug_12.html

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