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Amazon rainforest destruction increases again in Brazil

  • The Amazon rainforest's destruction rate has increased for a second consecutive year, data from Brazil’s government has shown.

    Deforestation increased by 29% in the year ending July 2013, figures showed. Around 2,315 sq miles of forest were cleared in that period, according to satellite data.

    Para and Mato Grosso saw the highest levels of destruction, with 390 sq miles forest erased in each state.

    Last year a 28% increase in deforestation was reported.

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