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2008-07-16 15:00:24

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. According to the National Institute for Space Research (Inpe), the deforestation in the Amazon region registered 1,096 square km in May, down from 1,123 square km in April. The minister said at a press...

2008-07-08 03:00:23

French engineering major Alstom has announced the construction of a hydromechanical equipment plant in the state of Rondonia, Brazil, in a bid to support hydroelectric projects in the northern region of the country, and supply hydromechanical and lifting equipment for projects in the Amazon region. Alstom Hydro has joined forces with Bardella, a Brazilian capital goods company, to create an equal-stake joint venture called Industria Metalurgica e Mecanica da Amazonia (IMMA). IMMA will...

2008-06-25 06:00:00

By Andrew Downie In an unprecedented move against rogue cattle ranchers in the Amazon, the Brazilian government has seized livestock grazing there illegally. Officials carted off 3,100 head of cattle that they said were being raised on an ecological reserve in the state of Para, in an operation intended to serve as a warning to other ranchers grazing an estimated 60,000 head on illegally deforested land in Amazonia, the environment minister, Carlos Minc, said. "No more being soft," Minc...

2008-01-24 13:45:00

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. The report has prompted Environment Minister Marina Silva and other ministers to hold a top-level emergency meeting today with President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.  Brazilian media reported that the president and the ministers would discuss emergency measures to reduce deforestation. Jungle is typically cleared in the Amazon...

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