Latest Deforestation in Brazil Stories

2006-03-02 18:05:00

By Raymond Colitt BRASILIA, Brazil (Reuters) - Brazil's president on Thursday approved a measure offering huge chunks of the Amazon jungle to timber companies that comply with tough restrictions aimed at preserving the world's largest rain forest. Under the law signed by President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the government will tender 40-year contracts allowing the highest bidder to log trees under a sustainable development plan. Some 32 million acres, or 3 percent of the Amazon rain forest,...

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...

2005-09-14 10:57:00

NASA -- Today, scientists estimate that between one-third and one-half of our planet's land surfaces have been transformed by human development. Now, a new study is offering insight into the long-term impacts of these changes, particularly the effects of large-scale deforestation in tropical regions on the global climate. Researchers from Duke University, Durham, N.C., analyzed multiple years of data using the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies General Circulation Computer Model (GCM)...

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...

2005-05-19 06:50:00

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) -- Deforestation in the Amazon rain forest in 2004 was the second worst ever, figures released by the Brazilian government showed Wednesday. Satellite photos and data showed that ranchers, soybean farmers and loggers burned and cut down a near-record area of 10,088 square miles of rain forest in the 12 months ending in August 2004, the Brazilian Environmental Ministry said. The destruction was nearly 6 percent higher than in the same period the year before, when 9,500...

Latest Deforestation in Brazil Reference Libraries

2009-07-02 22:38:33

The Amazon Rainforest (known as Floresta Amazônica or Amazônia in Portuguese, and Selva Amazónica 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...

2009-05-27 18:12:50

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...

More Articles (2 articles) »
Word of the Day
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'