Deforestation of the Amazon is Slowing   Leave a comment


An area of Brazilian rain forest larger than the US State Rhode Island was cleared from July, 2011, to July, 2012 according to data provided by the Brazilian government.

A total of 1797 square miles (4,656 sq km) were cleared in that time; an area equal to 22% of Honduras’ land mass, and nearly twice the size of Luxembourg.

Those numbers represent a 27% decrease from the same time period the previous year according to the same data.

Most of the Amazon rainforest (60%) is contained within Brazil, with 13% found in Peru, 10% in Colombia, and smaller portions in Bolivia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname, and Venezuela.

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Posted December 29, 2012 by felipedelbosque in Uncategorized

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