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Brazil says rate of Amazon deforestation up for first time in years
Brazil says rate of Amazon deforestation up for first time in years

The  deforestation of the Amazon in Brazil increased by 29% in the last recorded year, according to figures released Wednesday by the country's National Institute for Space Research, or INPE. It is the first time the deforestation rate has increased since 2008, and the report comes as environmental issues move to the center of Brazil's October presidential election. According to the study, carried out by satellite imaging, the Brazilian region of the world's largest rain forest lost 2,275 square miles, nearly five times the area of the city of Los Angeles, from August 2012 through July 2013. Despite the jump, the space agency noted that this is still the...

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