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2011-05-19 13:45:29

An increase in deforestation in March and April in the Amazon has led Brazil to announce the creation of an emergency task force. According to official statistics, 368 square miles of the Amazon has been deforested, which is six times the amount during the same period last year. Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira, who announced the increase, said the task force will be comprised of government experts and representatives of states badly impacted by recent deforestation. "Our goal is to...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.