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A Brazilian official says deforestation of the Amazon rain forest increased by nearly 4 percent in the year up to July, the first increase in four years' time. Brazilian Environment Minister Carlos Minc said a total of 4,620 square miles of the valuable rain forest was destroyed in the year leading up to July, marking a nearly 4 percent increase from the previous year's deforestation figures, the BBC said Saturday. Farmers influenced by high commodity prices have been named as a potential...
A key commitment in a drafted climate change plan states the Brazilian government has pledged to end net deforestation by 2015
Nobel Peace Prize laureates Al Gore and Wangari Maathai today called upon the United States to combat rapidly accelerating tropical deforestation as a central element in the fight against global poverty, climate change and international instability.
Amazon deforestation rate falls 63 percent in July RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug. 29 (Xinhua) -- The deforestation rate in the Amazon rainforest fell by 63 percent in July from the previous month, the third consecutive month in which deforestation rates have fallen, studies showed.
Brazil reduces estimate of 2008 Amazon rainforest destruction RIO DE JANEIRO, July 15 (Xinhua) -- Brazilian Environment Minister Carlos Minc Tuesday said the government has revised its estimate of the Amazon rainforest's total destruction area for 2008 from 15,000 to 13,000 square km.
160 elite Brazilian troops were sent to join with hundreds of police officers in the Amazon to combat illegal deforestation activity.
A report issued late Wednesday showed that Amazon deforestation rose dramatically from August to December of last year, as land was cleared for soy and cattle.
Delegates at a U.N. climate conference have agreed to include forest conservation in any future discussions about a new global warming pact, paving the way for billions of dollars in new spending to attack illegal logging, officials said.
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.
LONDON (Reuters) - About 40 percent of the Amazon's rainforests could be lost by 2050 unless more is done to prevent what could become one of the world's worst environmental crisis, scientists said on Wednesday. Existing laws and preserving public wildlife reserves will not be enough.
The Amazon Rainforest (known as Floresta AmazÃ´nica or AmazÃ´nia in Portuguese, and Selva AmazÃ³nica or Amazonia in Spanish), also known as Amazonia, or the Amazon Jungle, is a moist broadleaf forest that covers almost all of the Amazon Basin in South America. The basin consists of 1.7 billion acres, of which 1.4 billion acres is rainforest. This rainforest covers nine nations (Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana). Brazil contains...
Deforestation is the act or process of removing trees from forested lands by cutting or burning. There are many reasons for deforestation. Logs are sold as a commodity and cleared lands can be used for pastures and human settlements. The damage caused by deforestation, however, can be great. If land is not somewhat reforested it can cause damage to habitats for wildlife and other plant life, affect the aridity of the region, and possibly encourage degradation into wasteland. Due to negligent...