Top Leaderboard, Site wide
August 27, 2014
Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines
Help us grow by sharing
and liking Truthdig:
Sign up for Truthdig's Email NewsletterLike Truthdig on FacebookFollow Truthdig on TwitterSubscribe to Truthdig's RSS Feed

Newsletter

sign up to get updates


The Guns of August






Truthdig Bazaar
A Prayer for America

A Prayer for America

By Dennis Kucinich
$11.95

more items

 
Ear to the Ground

Amazon Deforestation Rises, Reversing Trend

Email this item Email    Print this item Print    Share this item... Share

Posted on Nov 15, 2013
CIAT International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CC BY-SA 2.0)

After years of decline, the rate of deforestation of the Amazon increased 28 percent between August 2012 and July of this year, Brazilian officials said.

The provisional statistics suggest the felled area numbered 2,255 square miles, compared with 1,765 square miles in the previous 12 months. The period of declining deforestation began in 2009. This latest tally represents the second lowest annual figure in terms of forest loss. The worst year on record was 2004, when 10,425 square miles of forest were lost.

—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.

BBC:

Environmentalists say the controversial reform of the forest protection law in 2012 is to blame for the upwards trend in Brazil.

The changes reduced protected areas in farms and declared an amnesty for areas destroyed before 2008.

The reform, a long-standing demand of the country’s farmers’ lobby, known as the ruralists, was passed after several vetoes by President Dilma Rousseff.

Agriculture accounts for more than 5% of the Brazilian GDP.

Read more

More Below the Ad

Advertisement

Square, Site wide

New and Improved Comments

If you have trouble leaving a comment, review this help page. Still having problems? Let us know. If you find yourself moderated, take a moment to review our comment policy.

 
Right 1, Site wide - BlogAds Premium
 
Right 2, Site wide - Blogads
 
Join the Liberal Blog Advertising Network
 
 
 
Right Skyscraper, Site Wide
 
Join the Liberal Blog Advertising Network
 

A Progressive Journal of News and Opinion   Publisher, Zuade Kaufman   Editor, Robert Scheer
© 2014 Truthdig, LLC. All rights reserved.