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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
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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