Dispatch from the Amazon: the queen of biomes needs care – and global cooperation

by apasolini on July 29, 2010

The day the group of journalists I was visiting Brazil with by an invitation of Apex, a trade and investment agency, arrived in Brasilia for a series of meetings with government officials, the news was good. The country had managed to reduce deforestation in the Amazon region by 47% between August 2009 and May 2010, compared with the previous year. It went down from 1,142 square miles during the 2008/2009 period to 604.3 square miles over the last year. It still sounds like a lot, but when you consider that in 2004, a peak deforestation year, 10,588 square miles of Amazonian forest was destroyed, the number represents a drastic reduction. But the ravaging goes on. In June, another 66.4 square miles of forest were destroyed.

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