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Amazon Deforestation in Brazil Up 127 Percent

By Ben Tavener, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The amount of deforestation in the protected zones of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest increased by over 127 percent between 2000 and 2010, despite the creation of protected areas and the official demarcation of areas inhabited by indigenous peoples in the region. The statistics were released by Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE), which monitors Brazil’s sixty percent of the Amazonian rainforest for changes by satellite.

Brazil currently has 310 protection “conversation units” covering . . .

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