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Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon Region Increases 16 Percent

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon region increased by sixteen percent in the twelve months ending in July of 2015 in comparison to the previous twelve months, according to data from the Ministry of Environment. The results surprised government officials.

“What is a surprise is that deforestation is once again seen in great extensions (of the region), which contradicts everything we have been working for,” said Environment Minister, Izabella Teixeira. According to the government’s data more than 5,831 square km of forest were destroyed during the twelve-month period . . .

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