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Brazil confirms Amazon deforestation increase
Data released by the Brazilian government Friday confirms an increase in Amazon forest loss. Brazil's National Space Research Institute, INPE, updated data from its near-real-time deforestation tracking system, known as DETER. The system showed a near five-fold increase in forest loss during May 2013 relative to a year earlier, from 99 square kilometers to 465 sq km. 59 percent of the clearing occurred in Mato Grosso, a state in the Southern Amazon where large-scale farms and cattle ranching drive most deforestation. Pará accounted for 29 percent of deforestation.
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Source: Copyright 2013, Mongabay
Date: July 6, 2013 Byline: Rhett Butler
Image: Michael Leveille