Nov 24, 2018

Amazon rainforest deforestation 'worst in 10 years', says Brazil

Deforestation of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil has hit its highest rate in a decade, according to official data. About 7,900 square kilometres of the world's largest rainforest was destroyed between August 2017 and July 2018, a 13.7% rise over last year. Satellite data from the deforestation monitoring project known as PRODES informed the annual survey. While the rate does mark a significant rise from last year, when the rate of deforestation dropped 16% in a 12 month period, it still marks a 72% drop from 2004, when the Brazilian federal government launched measures to combat deforestation. The Amazon region holds the largest tropical rainforest in the world and is home to plant and animal species that are still being discovered by scientists.

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