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2006-09-05 21:10:00

By Andrea Welsh BRASILIA, Brazil -- Huge tracts of Brazil's Amazon rainforest were cleared legally and illegally in the past year, but the rate of deforestation slowed, the country's environment minister said on Tuesday. It was the second year in a row that the pace of the destruction of the world's largest tropical rainforest declined. Booming demand for farm exports caused land-clearing to peak in 2004. A slowdown in farming-driven deforestation and a crackdown on illegal logging may have...

2005-10-26 14:37:25

By Andrew Hay BRASILIA, Brazil (Reuters) - Brazilian police on Wednesday arrested a gang that was forging thousands of logging permits in the Amazon, in the latest government effort to slow destruction of the world's largest rain forest. Over 400 federal police agents staged dawn raids across four Amazon states and arrested 35 people who produced and sold illegal permits to transport millions of dollars worth of hardwood timber. Brazil's government says its crackdown on illegal...

2005-08-26 16:12:28

BRASILIA, Brazil (Reuters) - Brazil said on Friday the deforestation of the Amazon rainforest was slowing, but environmental groups suggested much of the reduction was due to a slump in farming instead of government action. Using data obtained by satellite, the government estimated that 3,515 square miles were razed in the world's largest tropical forest between August 2004 and July 2005, down sharply from 7,229 square miles in the same period a year earlier. Officials attributed the...